THE NEWSLETTER OF LASELL COLLEGE
1^^ SPRING 2002 ,^^
Message from the President 2
Robert Reich Commencement Speaker 3
Athletic Training Program Accredited 3
New Overseer Appointed 3
Managing Lasell 4-6
Campus Update 7-9
Lasell Village News 10-11
People at Lasell 12
Sports News 13
Alumni News & Events 14-16
Annual Fund 17
Giving & Receiving 18-19
Athletic Calendar 20
Class Notes Inside
SPECIAL ISSUE -
COMING TO LASELL.
ROBERT REICH wiU be
and honorary degree
recipient at Lasell's 147th
commencement. May 19.
(See page 3)
Singer, songwriter and
TAYLOR performs with
the New Philharmonia
Orchestra at "Promenade
Pops at Lasell," May 18 at
8 p.m. (See page 14)
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College to Introduce Graduate Degree
Program in Management with Elder Care
and Marketing Concentrations
JL HROUGH ITS NEW GRADUATE PROGRAM, WHICH WON APPROVAL BY THE
Board of Higher Education on Tuesday, February 12, 2002, Lasell College will begin offer-
ing a master of science degree in Management with concentrations in elder care and mar-
keting starting in September 2002. The Board of Higher Education approval allows the
College to market, recruit, and enroll graduate students for its new master's program
"We are excited to add the first graduate
program to Lasell's portfolio of degree offerings,
because it reflects the College's or\going commit-
ment to educational innovation," said President
Thomas de Witt. "Having created the country's
first academic retirement community at Lasell
Village — with its built-in, 450-hour residents'
learning requirement — we have now developed
a graduate program that will turn out practicing
professionals who will blend elements of busi-
ness, gerontology, hospitality, management,
sociology, psychology, and allied health in what
we believe will be the first degree of its kind.
"With Lasell Village and other on- and off-
campus 'laboratories,' Lasell students are able to
See GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAM
continued on page 2
tiXPERTS HAVE BEEN PREDICTING
rapid changes in American higher educa-
tion — and we have lived them!" exclaimed
a proud President Thomas de Witt recently,
in a message to the community announcing
yet another Lasell milestone — a graduate
program (see story above).
"After starting as a finishing school and gain-
ing a reputation as a distinguished junior college
for women for 139 years, Lasell became a bac-
calaureate college, went coed, and now has added
a graduate program — all in a scant 12 years," he
reminded the College community.
Under President de Witt's leadership, Lasell
has shown a remarkable openness toward change
and challenge, yielding a decade-plus of astonish-
ing progress and revitalization despite its small
size and its limited resources.
Get connected with other alumni
THROUGH Lasell's new online
(see story on page 14)
Lasell's Cabinet members: (front left to right) Margaretta
Arnold, Diane Austin, Elizabeth Winter, Ruth Shuman;
(back left to right) James Wingardner, Paula Panchuck,
Kathleen O'Connor, James Ostrow.
"Lasell's renaissance has been a collective
effort, which has asked much of faculty and staff.
All can be justifiably proud of their contribu-
tions," President de Witt was quick to emphasize.
"Progress doesn't occur in a vacuimi,"
Dr. de Witt said. And he pointed with pride to the
Cabinet, the eight senior officers of the College
who work together to provide counsel to the
See MANAGING LASELL
continued on page 4
Lasell College Creates new Center
FOR Research on Aging and
(see story on page 10)
MESSAGE FROM THE
LEADERSHIP AND THE FUTURE OF LASELL
When you read this edition of the leaves, the administration will be putting
the final touches on a two-year-long self-study in preparation for a re-accreditation visit by the New
England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in November.
The Commission on Institutions of Higher
Education is sending a high-powered team com-
posed of representatives from colleges such as
Trinity (CT) and St. Michael's (VT). Because it views
Lasell as an "aspiring institution," it expects us to
assess the College's condition today while project-
ing changes that will enhance Lasell's effectiveness
Assessment and planning, therefore, intersect
at a critical stage in Lasell's evolution.
Basking in the afterglow of our successful
capital campaign, culminating in the celebration of
our 150th birthday, we must ask ourselves: where
does Lasell go now, and what lies in our future?
While a formal plan for the first decade of this
new century will not be presented to the trustees
until late 2002 or early 2003, we know its essential
• A competitive institution of up to 1500 stu-
dents (of whom about 20% should be gradu-
ate students enrolled in master's programs)
• A continued focus on the residential experi-
ence for 800-1000 undergraduates
• An enhancement of our connected learning
curricula through project-based education
validated by student-produced electronic
• Support for ongoing faculty development
and excellence in teaching
• Sustained fundraising
• Unwavering commitment to financial
strength through balanced budgets and
To achieve our ambitious goals, we will need
sustained creative and strategic leadership.
Therefore the focus of this edition of the Leaves is
on the senior management team which, with very
little personnel turnover, has, in just over a decade,
transformed an historic two-year college for
women into a vibrant, growing, coeducational
college offering baccalaureate and now
For small colleges like Lasell to succeed — to
avoid the dangers of excessive reliance on individ-
ual, executive leadership — there must be a culture
of consensus management. Without meaningful
involvement by senior managers in institutional
decisions, and broad latitude in operational man-
agement, talented staff soon seek new opportuni-
ties at larger colleges and universities. Such senior-
level turnover can be devastating in sustaining
both continuity and innovation in small colleges.
We should, therefore, celebrate the remark-
able record of a Cabinet which has led Lasell to a
new era of promise. Gretta Arnold, Kate
O'Connor, Paula Panchuck, and Betsey Winter
have all been at the College longer than I; Diane
Austin and Ruth Shuman have served seven and
four years, respectively; Jim Ostrow and Jim
Wingardner, who are recent additions to the team,
help to ensure that the Cabinet remains open to
new ideas and perspectives. Lasell's future
depends on creative leadership responsive to
shifts in market demand. I am blessed to work
with such a strong group of leaders. The College
is in good hands to achieve its future goals. «*-
Thomas E.J. de Witt, Ph.D.
GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAM
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
apply classrooin-leamed theory to real world situ-
ations in a dynamic, interactive, connected learn-
ing environment that provides invaluable experi-
ence and a clear advantage in the job market/'
Dr. de Witt continued.
Sensitive to the working professional, the
graduate program is designed to enable students
to use internship and practica sites set up by
Lasell as well as their own places of professional
employment. Classes meet one night a week,
beginning at 6:30 p.m., to allow working profes-
sionals time to get from their place of employment
to the conveniently located Lasell campus, get a
bite to eat at Lasell's food court, and meet with
professors before class.
Boasting the coeducational College's hallmark
features, including an emphasis on teaching by
experienced, field-sawy faculty, small class size,
and a convenient and accessible campus situated
in a suburban residential setting, Lasell's graduate
program will offer the two master's degree pro-
grams to complement and broaden its strong aca-
demic offerings. The program will provide both
undergraduate and master's degree candidates
with broader educational opportunities, more
faculty to teach at both levels, and will reinforce
the College's reputation as a market-sensitive
The elder care concentration will prepare
students to manage and operate agencies, organi-
zations, and facilities serving the elderly, and
work with all segments within that special
population. It responds to the growing need
for uniquely trained and qualified professionals
for the burgeoning elder care marketplace.
Explains Kathleen O'Connor, Lasell's vice
president of enrollment management, "Lasell pro-
vides an exciting alternative for those who don't
want to settle for an advanced degree in a related
field or opt for in-service, non-degree programs."
"Given our location and affiliations, we
believe no one is better suited to offer this kind of
connected learning degree," said Dr. de Witt.
Lasell's new graduate program will be housed
in the School of Business and Information
Technology. Its Dean, K. Brewer Doran, Ph.D., is
the graduate program's director.
Lasell's graduate program in elder care offers
a rich curriculum that includes courses such as
Physiology of Aging; Legal, Regulatory and Public
Policy Environment for Elder Care Services;
Housing and Long-term Care Options for Older
Adults; Marketing to Seniors; Senior Facilities
Management; Services and Programs for Older
Adults, and Elder Care Management Challenges.
The marketing concentration will include
courses in Consumer Behavior, Marketing
Research and Marketing Communications. Its core
curriculum includes Fundamentals of Executive
Management, Research Methods, Management
Information Systems, Financial Management,
Organizational Behavior, Marketing Management,
and Operations Management.
"All of Lasell's degree-granting programs
include practical experience through course-based
projects, internships, practica, clinical affiliations,
and on-site training. This experience-based
approach to education establishes a sense of both
connection and relevance — students understand
the value of their academic work as they prepare
to become imaginative and ethical practitioners of
their chosen professions," Dr. Doran said.
The Office of Graduate Admission will begin
accepting applications immediately to the new
degree program which begins in the fall.
For more information, call the Office of
Graduate Admission, at 617-243-2400, or email at
Gubernatorial Candidate Robert Reich
to Address Graduates at Lasell College's
1 47th Commencement
JVIaSSACHUSETTS gubernatorial candidate ROBERT REICH WILL BE THE
commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient at the 147th annual commencement
ceremonies at Lasell College, Simday, May 19, 2002, at 1 p.m., at Taylor Field.
A long time civil servant, Robert Reich was
the nation's 22nd Secretary of Labor during the
first term of President Bill Clinton. As Secretary of
Labor, Robert Reich initiated a national crusade to
abolish sweatshops in the United States and eradi-
cate child labor around the world, and saw the
Family and Medical Leave Act passed and imple-
mented. In addition. Secretary Reich was instru-
mental in raising the minimum wage for the first
time since 1989.
Robert Reich was an assistant to the solicitor
general in the administration of Gerald Ford, rep-
resenting the United States before the U.S.
Supreme Court, and headed the policy planning
staff of the Federal Trade Commission in the
Jimmy Carter administration. Prior to becoming
Labor Secretary, Mr. Reich was a member of the
faculty of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy
School of Government.
In addition to his work on the campaign trail
rurming for governor of Massachusetts, Robert
Reich is the Maiirice B. Hexter Professor of Social
and Econonuc Policy at Brandeis University and
its Heller Graduate School. Robert Reich has
authored eight books, including The Work of
Nations, which has been translated into 22 lan-
guages, the best-seller. Locked in the Cabinet, and,
most recently. The Future of Success, published by
Gubernatorial candidate and
Maurice B. Hexter Professor
at Brandeis University
Mr. Reich has
written for and
where he was the
host of the widely
part public TV
series. Made in
America (1992). His
can be heard every
evening on public radio's "Marketplace."
Additionally, his writings have been included in
The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, The New
York Times, Washington Post, The Boston Globe,
Britain 's Observer, and many other publications.
He is the founder and national editor of The
Robert Reich, 55, is a resident of Cambridge,
Massachusetts with his wife, Clare Dalton, a lead-
ing feminist legal scholar who is Northeastern
University's Matthews Distinguished University
Professor. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth
College in 1968, an M.A. from Oxford University,
and a law degree from Yale Law School in 1973. »-
AFFINITY REUNIONS FOR PTA AND EDUCATION MAJORS,
SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2002
School of Allied Health — PTA Reunion Program
Guest Speaker: Mauria Vallas Falcone, physical therapist and national presenter
School of Arts and Sciences — Education Reunion Program
Guest Speaker: Dr. Judith Schickedanz, professor of education, Boston University
Jackie Hoffmeir Lard '68 Elected
to Board of Overseers
J ACKIE HOFFMEIR LARD '68 HAS BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF THE GROWTH AND
changes at Lasell since her graduation.
"One of the things of which I am most proud
is that through thick and thin, I have tried to make
a donation to the College every year. When I was
having my first tour of the school, I heard some-
one say how hard it was for women's colleges to
raise money because funds were usually directed
to the husband's alma mater. This made a real
impression on me, and with coeducation and all
the changes that are happening at Lasell today,
the importance of fundraising has increased."
Mrs. Lard lives with her husband, Charles,
in West Hartford, Connecticut, and they have
two grown children.
Always interested in art, she devotes time
to the Wadsworth Atheneum, where she is a
She received her Bachelor's degree from the
University of Connecticut in 1998. "I became a
real fan of the Lady Huskies. What an extraordi-
nary basketball team!" she exudes.
Her enthusiasm will be one of the valuable
assets she brings to the Board of Overseers. J*-
1 HE SCHOOL OF ALLIED HEALTH
announced recently that the Athletic
Training Department has received
national accreditation. "A special con-
gratulations goes to program Chair
and Assistant Professor Bill Nowlan,
who has w^orked very hard for this
achievement, developing curriculum,
labs and internship sites, in addition to
writing a comprehensive self-study
and hosting a three-day visit last fall,"
says Associate Dean Lisa Harris, who
oversees Allied Health.
"By 2004 everyone in the discipline has
to have graduated from an accredited pro-
gram," explains Professor Nowlan, "so it is
very important to be recognized by the
Commission on Accreditation of Allied
Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Once we filed for candidacy we had to
wait a year and the site visit by the accredit-
ing team finally happened in April 2001.
CAAHEP only meets twice a year, so this
meant that we had more waiting in store for
us, but it was worth it."
Students Jesse Dimick and Joe Pirrone celebrate the
accreditation with Mr. Bones.
Beginning in the sophomore year of the
four year program, students must take a clin-
ical each semester. "We have a very hands-
on curriculum," says Professor Nowlan.
"What makes the Lasell program so special
is all the sites that are available to our stu-
dents. They include a variety of practice set-
tings and clinical rotations at such schools as
Boston College, M.I.T., Bentley, and
Brookline High School. Our team physician
comes from Children's Hospital and we are
hoping to expand our internships there."
December saw the first two Athletic
Training students graduate and the newly
accredited program promises to grow
each year. ^
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president, consider vital college-related issues of
academics, enrollment, institutional advancement,
and governance, and participate with Lasell's
chief execvitive in planning and implementing
What follows are brief conversations with
each Cabinet member, providing a rare, inside
glimpse of what they see as their accomplish-
ments and challenges at Lasell, and how they
work individually and in tandem to secure the
College's ftiture. »■
Title: Executive Assistant to the President
Undergraduate degree: A.S., Fisher Junior College
Served as Interitn Dean of Students for one
Began at Lasell: May 1984
"We work hard here,
individually, and as a team.
But at the end of the day, I
usually close the door feeling
gratified for having done
work that is rewarding and
yes, even fun."
"I came to Lasell as assistant to former President
Peter Mitchell. Peter and I had worked together at
Fisher Junior College and we always joked that we
eventually should run our own college. After I had
worked 14 years at Fisher as director of student
services, the opportunity to move presented itself,
and I was happy to take it on.
"Lasell was a good institution, but the 1970s
and 80s had been hard on it. I certainly saw its
potential. And when Tom de Witt accepted the
position of president in 1988, it was with the provi-
so that he would have the support to take Lasell to
a baccalaureate-degree granting institution. From
then on, it has been one impressive accomplish-
ment after another. I think Lasell has surpassed
most people's wildest dreams by moving from a
survival mode to a thriving mode.
"I liked Tom immediately. He jumped into the
job vdth his characteristic enthusiasm and pas-
sion, and he began working with the Cabinet to
encourage their free and open input. Tom always
invites the Cabinet to give opinions and he
listens — even when he disagrees. He is thought-
ful and open to argument. If s a valuable trait.
"I think we, on the Cabinet, have all worked
ourselves into being a really good team whose
focus is the best interests of the College. We gener-
ally make choices that benefit the entire institution
rather than our own, specific areas of responsibili-
ty. That takes a lot of doing, particularly when it
comes to allocating budgets. But we realize that
we're all in the same boat together and, if the boat
is going to move forward, we all have to work
"I'm most proud to have the opportimity to
work with such fine people. The Cabinet is com-
posed of smart, energetic, good-humored col-
leagues who have also become good friends. After
18 years at Lasell, to say that it's still satisfying and
fun working here, I think, tells the whole story."
Title: Dean of Students
Undergraduate degree: B.A., State University of
Graduate degree: M.S., State University of N.Y.,
Began at Lasell: June 1995
"Ours is an institution
that prides itself on looking
ahead. At Lasell, future
vision is as important
as responding to
immediate issues. "
"\ point to the smooth
transition from single-sex
to coeducation, unanimously endorsed by the
Board of Trustees, as one of the truly impressive
aspects of overall leadership and collaboration on
this campus during my seven years here.
"\ served with 12 others on the mission com-
mittee that was convened in July 1997 and had
until September to complete its work of defining
what would be required to make a successful tran-
sition. I am very proud of that process, particular-
ly since, initially, many of our constituencies were
against admitting men to Lasell. I wrote the final
report to the Board of Trustees that, in October,
unanimously approved the move to coeducation.
The rest of the year was spent developing ways to
change the culture at Lasell, finding ways to wel-
come both men and women to the College.
"Going coed brought tremendous energy to
the campus and huge growth. The College became
much more residential. Now 80 percent of stu-
dents live on campus. Before, it was more like 50
percent. In 1996, we had 303 student beds avail-
able. Now we have 681. Before, we attracted a
greater number of non-traditional aged students
whose support areas were outside of the campus.
Now we have vitality on the campus on the week-
ends. Social and educational activities have
grown. The Athletic program has grown. We now
have 150 intercollegiate athletes and 12 teams!
"\ see change defining Lasell's current
history. The granting of four-year degrees put into
motion all that we have accomplished so far. And
now a master's program — its approval is an
incredible statement from the external communi-
ty, the most noticeable affirmation. It means Lasell
is seen as being viable and here for the long term.
"The Cabinet brings together a strong group
of professionals whom Tom uses as his sounding
board. We bring so much experience and enthusi-
asm to the job. Efficient and hard workers, I think
we are really creative about the use of human and
"Many members have served on the Cabinet
or at Lasell for a long period. That constancy at the
institution, and in the Cabinet, provides an invalu-
able perspective in terms of governance. Tom de
Witt gives us the opportunity to do the job as his
advisors. With each other and with him, we com-
municate, keep each other appraised, constantly re-
evaluate, and work towards a consensus. It is satis-
fying, and the results seem to speak for themselves.
"We are not just satisfied with baseline. We
are thinking about today's student, of course,
but we are also thinking and preparing them for
15 years out. We are looking ahead. Here, there
is a future vision as well as an immediate one."
Title: Vice President for Enrollment Management
Undergraduate degree: A.B., Regis College
Graduate degree: M.Ed., Lesley College;
doctoral candidate at the University of
Began at Lasell: February 1987
Served previously as Dean of Admissions and
Financial Aid, Dean of Students
"When you sit here, from
day to day, you don't get to
see the breadth of accom-
plishments this institution
has made. But when you
start accumulating data over
the past 10 years for a New
England Association of
Schools and Colleges
(NEASC) report, it's like looking at the wake of a turn-
ing ocean liner. You don't feel it turning hut you can
see the change of direction in the wake of the ship. "
"While I am proud of the enrollment growth
at Lasell, I am most proud of my role as a member
of the senior team — defining strategy and imple-
menting it. The Cabinet, with its responsibility for
oversight for the College, has the ability to create
programs and initiatives that are responsive to
the changing market. Our goal is to integrate
Lasell into that environment and still keep what
is unique and important to us as an institution,
and to anchor it more firmly to its niche.
"My current challenges include hiring a grad-
uate program admission director, and marketing
the graduate program, as well as organizing a
market research program for the future director,
and launching the campaign. Along with that,
I've been focused on growing the undergraduate
enrollment and working to achieve a better
retention rate. Each year we have added some
70 to 90 students to the emoUment pool. We
expect to have more than 900 students this fall
and continue slowly growing. Our ultimate goal
is 1200 students.
"We also are working to shape enrollment.
Nationally more women participate in college
enrollment than men, so we are bucking the trend
when we grow gender equity. We are now at 25%
men, and we would love to get to 35 percent.
"I love Lasell because, at this institution, one
can make a difference. I talk to colleagues at the
elite schools about teaching and student life, and
I hear from them that, unlike Lasell, they don't
feel or see that they have a direct impact on
students' lives the way we, here, so often do.
THE CABINET, IN THEIR OWN WORDS
A Lasell education and the campus experience
really do make a difference for our students.
"What distinguishes the Lasell experience
from other institutions is not only its size, but also,
the president's leadership. Tom de Witt offers us
the opportunity to be creative. If you have a good
idea, you are encouraged to express it, and if it
goes beyond your area of responsibility, to collab-
orate with your colleagues. There is a sense of
adventvire and fun that comes with not being at a
mundane institution where repetition rules. 1 have
a job in which 1 don't do the same thing twice.
Some of that is institutional; some is my longevity
at Lasell; and part of it is that 1 just enjoy the
"My dream for Lasell is that there would
be three new buildings across the street from
Klingbeil House — and they would be full; Lasell
would be more financially stable, with a bigger
endowment and greater resources; and the
graduate program would have 300 students
enrolled and the undergraduate programs
would have 1200."
Title: Vice President for Academic Affairs and
Professor of Sociology
Undegraduate degree: B.A., Johnston College,
University of Redlands
Graduate degrees: M.Ed., Boston University;
Ph.D., Boston University
Began at Lasell College: January 2001
"We work toward having
students view their role in
the educational process as
productive versus consump-
tive so students are engaged
actively in the processes of
investigation, discovery, and
analysis that lie at the heart
of any academic subject as opposed to merely absorbing
and regurgitating information. "
"I was attracted to Lasell because of its size,
the relatively high number of programs for its
size, and its physical uniqueness and beauty. But,
most important, Lasell College drew me because
of its educational philosophy of connected learn-
ing including, of course, the tntergenerational pos-
sibilities introduced by Lasell Village.
"In terms of governance and institutional
management, 1 think the greatest challenges
revolve around securing the trust and support of
the faculty; clarifying, building upon, and getting
buy-in for delivering on the promise of connected
learning; and working through the re-accredita-
tion process — converting it from a mundane
meeting of tasks to an opportunity for setting a
new academic vision for the College; reforming
the curriculum across programs; and creating
more consistent, supportive, and rigorous
evaluation and development processes and
opportunities for faculty.
"I believe the chief academic officer should be
an educator with a solid and informed education-
al philosophy. 1 think that too many administra-
tors allow educational vision and direction to take
a back seat to the day-to-day 'arts and crafts' of
management. Good managerial sense and efficien-
cy are of paramount importance in this position,
but they must exist within the context of a vision
informed by the purpose of the organization.
"At Lasell, 1 believe we have created a better
working environment between faculty and the
administration, a more supportive set of processes
for faculty advancement and excellence, a clearer
and more comprehensive fulfillment of the con-
nected learning objective, more flexible and con-
sistent curricular programming, a better academic
advising system, an expanded, richer set of sup-
ports and programming for first year students, a
richer, expanded honors program, a soon-to-be
instituted graduate program, greater attention on
the scholarship of teaching, richer and greatly
expanded programming in the Center for
Community-Based Learning and the Donahue
Institute, and clearer and more rigorous standards
for academic achievement.
"Managing Lasell in the future will rely on
building on the initiatives already begun in order
to create a more obvious and coherent stamp of
uniqueness to Lasell academics. Lasell must work
toward standing out from other colleges more
clearly with respect to its student support sys-
tems, its connected learning and project-focused
educational framework, and the bond all con-
stituencies feel toward the College community.
"The four strategic priorities articulated in
the self-study 1 am drafting — Connected
Learning, Intellectual Curiosity, College
Community Involvement, and Civic and Personal
Responsibility, when fulfilled in all of their com-
ponents, will make a College that truly stands out
from others and will draw a high
caliber, educationally-committed student."
Title: Dean for Lasell Village
Undergraduate degree: B.S., University of
Graduate degrees: M.Ed., Framingham State
College; Ph.D., Lesley College
Began at Lasell: September 1985
Served previously as Program Chair of Early
Childhood Education (1985-1997) and Interim
Academic Dean (1997-1998)
"What a revolutionary
notion it was to require
learning as a requirement for
residence at Lasell Village!
And look what has happened
as a result. The focus of 'liv-
ing and learning' at the
Village is its defining char-
acteristic. Villagers complete a minimum of 450 hours
of learning activity each calendar year, to the extent
they are physically and intellectually able. At Lasell, we
are so fortunate and so willing to go beyond convention.
It makes for wonderful possibilities. "
"I value this institution because of its size, the
way it esteems professional experience as well as
academic accomplishments in faculty, and the
entrepreneurial spirit that empowers faculty and
staff to think and act creatively.
"I, personally, am most proud of the on-site
educational program that now occurs at the
Village year round. The major challenges have
been to create a living, breathing, educational
program for older adults from a seed of an idea
that had been planted by others before me with-
out benefit of a template or model, and balancing
the College's need to make the most of the Village
presence (intergenerational programs, graduate
students. Research Center) with residents' needs
for both involvement and privacy in their new
home at Lasell.
"Without exception. Cabinet members are
hardworking (sometimes excessively so!) and
totally dedicated to the institution. They are
creative and know how to get the biggest possible
'bang for the buck.' We operate with full confi-
dence in one another, collaborating with each
other and working with the Board of Trustees,
whom we see as allies and as valuable sources
of information and guidance. 1 believe the Cabinet
and the Board have forged a very positive,
constructive relationship. And, I think all Cabinet
members have strong working relationships with
both faculty and staff.
"My dream for the College? I'd build the
endowment even further to continue to improve
salaries to reward the loyalty and hard work that
so many people have given to the institution.
And, if we had the space, I'd add a campus chapel
and do more to address the spiritual needs of the
Title: Dean for Institutional Advancement
Undergraduate degree: B.A., Northeastern
Graduate degree: M.S., Boston University
Began at Lasell: June 1998
"I'm proud of managing
the Institutional Advance-
ment team that successfully
completed a $10 million
capital campaign by
raising $18 million! I am
proud of writing a success-
ful grant proposal to the
Kresge Foundation that
helped support the renovation of the Winsloio
Academic Center, and of successfully starting a
Corporate Sponsorship Program at Lasell. Our four-
day 'Lasell 150' extravaganza celebration was a big
success among all of our constituents. The biggest
compliment came from President de Witt, who said,
'I can't believe a small school like Lasell could pull
off such a big event!'"
continued on page 6
THE CABINET, IN THEIR OWN WORDS
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5
"I think we have done a terrific job of raising
the bar. The fundraising infrastructure has been
put into place, the quality of alumni publications
has significantly improved, and the quality and
quantity of alumni events have been strength-
ened. The challenge now is to keep the bar raised,
with limited resources. Another challenge will be
to identify and cultivate the next generation of
alumni from the 60s, 70s and 80s who will, hope-
fully, support the next capital campaign in 2007 or
2008. The Annual Fund will need to grow to $1
million over the next three to five years to provide
resources beyond what is available in the operat-
ing budget of the College. And, of course, we need
to grow the endowment. Currently it is $12 mil-
lion and it needs to be around $50 million if Lasell
is to remain financially viable for the long term.
President de Witt has set a standard for com-
munication at Lasell that clearly is the reason for
our collective successes. For example, he sends a
monthly informational letter to his Board of
Trustees, Overseers, and Corporators to let them
know everything that is happening at Lasell. As a
result, they feel well informed and have devel-
oped an enormous sense of trust in him and the
administration of this college.
"Although each Cabinet member brings an
expertise to his/her assigned area, we succeed in
sharing ideas across disciplines and have institut-
ed programs and poUcies that are in the best inter-
est of the institution. The best example of how we
operate is around budget time. We know there are
limited resources to go around. As a Cabinet, we
define and discuss what we see as the highest pri-
orities for the institution. In many organizations,
senior managers get very territorial and lobby for
things that will only enhance their areas. This
does not happen at Lasell.
"As for the future of Lasell, I hope for 1500
students, neighbors who love us, several regional-
ly-prominent graduate programs, an endowment
of at least $50 million, an Annual Fund that would
take in more than $1 million a year, and a much
less tuition-dependent institution.
ELIZABETH WINTER 70
Title: Vice President for Business and Finance
Undergraduate degrees: A.A., Lasell College,
B.A., Newton College
Graduate degree: M.B.A., Babson College
Began at Lasell: 1976
Served previously as Admission Counselor; Assistant
Director of Admission/ Director of Financial Aid;
Controller; Director of Financial Affairs; Dean of
"I am not afraid to make a
decision or to take a risk.
I'm not afraid of making a
mistake. I believe that some-
times from mistakes come
the very ideas that will
move us forward. "
"When 1 graduated from college 1 took a year
off, worked in a law firm and began to research
where the jobs for women would be in five to 10
years. 1 had contemplated law school, but it
seemed that everyone I knew was going to law
school — I chose business instead. 1 was one of
six women in the full-time MBA program at
Babson College in 1973. When I returned to
Lasell to interview for a job as an admission
counselor, 1 thought to myself 'I can really make
a difference here.'
"In the early years, my philosophy differed
dramatically from that of my colleagues. 1 came
from a business background and the corporate
world (Xerox Corporation). When I entered
the admission field, I actually defined my job
as 'marketing the institution.' My colleagues
were appalled. When I referred to myself as a
'marketer' or a 'salesperson,' I was reminded
that I was an 'admissions counselor.' In my view,
however, I was no longer selling copiers, I was
"It was a challenge to bring my business phi-
losophy into my positions in academia. Many of
my colleagues favored aggressively budgeting
revenues and conservatively budgeting expenses
in order to produce what appeared to be balanced
budgets. I have always had a very different
approach — conservatively budgeting revenues
and aggressively budgeting expenses. That way
the only surprises you encounter are positive.
"I also have the ability to know where to
conserve revenues without sacrificing quality.
Over the past years, I have had a great mentor in
Tom de Witt. Tom was exactly what this College
needed — an entrepreneur who was willing to
take major risks. He knew that colleges must be
run like businesses, because that is precisely what
"I have always viewed my job as being about
one thing — the bottom line. We are, indeed, a
nonprofit organization, but we must be a 'prof-
itable nonprofit.' In order to be successful, we
have to identify ways to generate funds which
can then be filtered back into facilities, academic
programs, endowment, etc. I am always searching
for ways to augment revenues in order to reduce
the percentage of tuition dependency. The great-
est challenge, from my perspective, is to establish
and maintain sound fiscal policies.
"Lasell's major accomplishments are the
result of a collective effort by each and every
member of the Cabinet. And, of course, I credit
Tom de Witt with most of the success. He has giv-
en us the space to succeed in our respective areas.
My contributions include assisting the College in
evolving into a fiscally sound institution, the
completion of three bond issues which have
enabled us to develop the physical plant and facil-
ities, and assisting with the development and
ongoing financial management of Lasell Village.
"The College is still relatively small and,
therefore, fragile. We need to continue to build
the endowment — it is our life's blood. We must
continue to seek alternative sources of revenues.
We need to continue to build mutually beneficial
partnerships. We must keep our name in the
public's eye. And, finally, we must do what we
profess to do, and we must do it really well."
Title: Executive Director of Lasell Village
Undergraduate degree: B.S., New Hampshire
Began at Lasell: August 1999
"It has been so gratifying to
see the growth of connection
between Lasell Village and
the College. I look forward
to the new graduate
program as a valuable
resource to Lasell Village,
especially its connection
to our community. "
"I became involved with Lasell originally
as an employee of developer CareMatrix, and
making the transition to working for Lasell, with
its unique philosophy of management, has been
an interesting and rewarding experience. The
measure of how fully Lasell Village is embraced
into the life of Lasell College is demonstrated by
my inclusion as an active member of the Cabinet.
The process of integration has been a gratifying
one, benefiting both the College and the Village,
and infusing all of us who have worked together
to create this imique alliance with enormous
energy and pride.
"We are so proud of the fact that the Village
transcends the retirement /nursing home model
and anticipates trends in the elderly population,
keeping Lasell Village on the cutting edge. To date,
the very successful, sold-out Lasell Village is the
only college-owned and managed continuous care
retirement commimity (CCRC) with a continued
learning requirement for residents. With its
success, I expect others to follow, but we clearly
have established the standards for those who
"The Cabinet has many talented individuals
with vast experience in managing small colleges
and a rich history at Lasell College. 1 find our time
spent together a valuable tool in which to share
ideas and work on issues at hand. Our collabora-
tions are stimulating and thought-provoking.
But most important, they yield positive results.
"The Village is composed of 162 independent
living apartments and a 44-bed skilled nursing
facility. Each of the 14 Village buildings includes
a classroom, fitness facility or studio devoted to
the integration of intellectual growth, creative
development, and physical wellness. Lasell
Village also hosts the Elderhostel-affiliated Lasell
College Institute for Learning in Retirement,
and the new Lasell College Center for Research
on Aging and Intergenerational Studies
(see story on page 1). >*■
Campus Construction & Changes Continue
-EN IN HARD HATS, WEARING TOOL BELTS, WALKING AROUND CAMPUS,
have become a natural sight even as the sound of earthmovers heaving and redistributing
space has become part of the ambient noise of everyday life at the College. As Lasell's
growth continues, physical changes to the campus are the necessary response.
With the rise in J?^*"
new dormitory space
has become an imme-
diate necessity. The
opening of Seminary
Suites in October
marked the beginning
of change on Bragdon
Hill. Further down the
street, the carriage
house and garage
adjacent to Eager
House were removed
in order to make way
for another 56-bed residence haU.
More students mean a higher demand for
parking spaces and a new 45-space lot in front of
Van Winkle and McClelland on Woodland Road
was completed this fall. The CoUege re-landscaped
the site very attractively, so that the cars are
screened from the road by stands of trees. More
parking is planned for the Bragdon Hill area.
Taylor Field has also been under construction.
After the completion of Grellier Field, the NCAA
enlarged the size specifications of a regulation
soccer field. As a result, several nationally-ranked
colleges would not play our teams at home, nor
was Lasell technically eligible to host play-off
games. The result has been the enlargement of
Taylor Field, which now will be able to acconuno-
date both soccer and softball. ^ Construction is underway for the new Eager House.
Lasell Inn Welcomes Public
at New Location
Un DECEMBER 1, 2001, THE NEW LASELL INN, NOW LOCATED AT 248 GROVE
Street, opened its doors to the public. "We had a lot of w^ork to do, starting with the roof,
the kitchen, and all the decorating details, but vv^e're very pleased with the result," says
Ellen LaBelle, chair of the Hospitality, Travel /Tourism Administration Department (HTA).
Jordan Marsh originally built the Inn as a lodge
when its warehouse was located across the street.
Lasell purchased the property when Village con-
struction became a reality, and the historic nature of
the house gives the Bed and Breakfast a vmique and
appealing character. The period details have been
lovingly restored and the wood paneling, fireplaces,
and leaded windows all add to the New England
Under the supervision of resident innkeeper
Mark Hannigan, students are responsible for operat-
ing the B & B. "If s a wonderful tool for preparing
students for the hospitality industry," says Ellen.
"Our inn-keeping practica give students both back-
of-the-house and front-of-the-house experience.
They are responsible for every aspect, from house-
keeping, to reservations, to guest accounting."
"The HTA students are not the only ones to
benefit from the Inn as a learning tool," explains
Dr. Brewer Doran, dean of the School of Business &
Information Technology. "It serves as a resource for
many departments. Accounting students work with
the books, interior design students apply their tal-
The Lasell Inn hangs out its shingle at a new address.
ents to the decoration of the rooms, and marketing
students are thinking of ways in which to promote
the B & B. If s a true example of connected learning."
There are a number of new ideas perking on
how to expand the use of the Inn. "The first floor
space has already served as a spot for a faculty /staff
get-together and we are exploring ways for the
Village to benefit from it as well," says Dean Doran.
"An advantage of proximity to the Village is that Inn
guests can arrange for guest passes at the Village
See LASELL INN
continued on page 8
1 HE NEW YEAR BROUGHT SOME
major changes for the Information
Technology Department. "Most
important is the establishment of a
Help Desk in the Computer Center
which will be the frontline support for
faculty, staff, and student computer
and telephone problems," explains
Director Deborah Gelch.
IT staff members (left to right) Jonathan Gorham,
Karyu Sousa, Cathy Kidd, and Tammy Godin.
Tammy Godin, the primary Help Desk
consultant says, " The new system brings the
whole team together. Having someone to
field questions gives the rest of the staff time
to work and complete projects that are on
their desks. The students have also been very
receptive. They know there is someone there
for immediate help or, if the problem can't
be fixed immediately, they know, at least,
when it will be fixed."
"Having the Help Desk has been great
for everyone," concurs Jonathan Gorham,
who knows the ins and outs of the College's
desktops and telephone system. "Prior to the
Help Desk, we would find that several of us
were working on the same problems, which
was not efficient. Now the users are happy
that they have a place to go and we can each
focus on our area of expertise."
New mother and Manager of User
Services, Karyn Sousa, finds that she is able
to handle both w^ork and baby Samantha.
"Each requires a different part of the brain,"
she smiles. "Sometimes I think if s easier
coming to work than taking care of her,"
Karyn trains the student lab assistants,
schedules their time, and maintains the
labs. . . and then goes home to Samantha.
Two other key players are Richard
Marshall, who keeps the College's systems
going when everyone goes home, and
Stephen Smith, who manages the CoUege
network behind the scenes. ^
Learning at Lasell
In an ambitious, refocused
emphasis on academic life at Lasell,
Vice President of Academic Affairs Jim
Ostrow is centering his attention on a
productive, project-focused, progressive
view of learning across all programs.
"By 'connected learning' we refer to those
activities through which students appreciate
the value emd relevance of what they experi-
ence in school beyond school," Dr. Ostrow
explains. "Lasell College intends for students
to be so engaged with academic subject mat-
ter that learning matters more than meeting
course requirements and earning grades.
"We believe students should value their
education as more than what John Dewey
calls something 'received and left behind.' We
believe that academic engagement is of central
importance in contemporary education. The
key is that students are 'connected' to actual
situations, problems, issues, and events
through exploration and reflection. f
"Many of the existing and planned initia-
tives in academics, student life, and faculty
development center upon a project-focused
approach to education, where student
imagination and energy is engaged beyond
the walls of the classroom while linked to
reflective activity within the classroom,"
Dr. Ostrow continues.
"As Lasell College has transformed itself
into a traditional-age, baccalaureate, and now
also master's degree level institution, it has
also strived to inspire students to develop
dispositions toward and the competence to
understand, explore, analyze, and articulate
the meaning of their environment. We also
want our faculty to experience academic life
as continuously stimulating, challenging, and
supportive of intellectual development.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7
gym or use the VUlage food service to order
The future possibilities are vast and
exciting, and as more people stay at the Inn,
the word will be out about its distinctive
comfort and charm.
To reach the Inn, call (617) 965-8725 or
email laseUinn@laselI.edu. Make your
reservations early! >*•
The Inn is Op
Donahue Institute & Center for Community-
Based Learning Move Under Same Roof
1 HE BOXES ARE UNPACKED AND THE CENTER FOR COMMUNITY-BASED
Learning and the Donahue Institute are both installed in their new quarters at 155
Woodland Avenue, Plummer House. "It's wonderful to have the space and to have both
centers, which support each other's efforts, under the same roof, keeping us in daily touch
and making it easy to brainstorm," says Dr. Sharyn Lowenstein, director of the Center.
Both Dr. Lowenstein and Dr. Tessa LeRoux,
director of the Donahue Institute for Public Life
and Values, arrived at Lasell this fall. "I spent
last semester getting to know people on campus
and familiarizing myself with the history of the
Institute," explains Dr. LeRoux. "I reviewed its
original intent and saw what programs had been
successful in the past. The Institute's mission
dovetails with the Center's work. The Institute
brings awareness of social issues to campus
while the Center is the active element, engaging
students in activities."
Dr. LeRoux sees a strong speaker series as
a way of encouraging both faculty and student
involvement. "I hope to have a speaker per
semester and to make it a public event, inviting
the surrounding Newton community. The
Institute will continue with forunis, such as we
had after September 11, to foster discussion in
response to current events. On a smaller scale,
we have begun 'Brown Bag' discussions at
lunch. Recently we sponsored one in conjunction
with the Counseling Center that focused on
Sharyn Lowenstein, Molly DeStafney and Tessa LeRoux
meet in their new Plunimer House home.
Members of Lasell's America Reads program gather at the
Farragut School in Boston.
Members of the faculty have contacted Dr.
LeRoux with speaker ideas and this is just what
she hopes for. "I see my role as that of a facilitator.
I am delighted when I am approached by faculty
and students regarding topics they would like
to see presented. The issues that we bring up
for discussion should be an extension of the
classroom. The Institute benefits from its
academic environment. It can't just be an extra,"
continues Dr. LeRoux.
The Center for Community-Based Learning
(formerly known as the Center for Public Service)
also works as an extension of the classroom and
reflects Lasell's emphasis on connected learning
by developing opportunities through community
project-focused education. "Faculty members are
integrating service learning into their curricula
and making the experience an enrichment of the
course material," explains Dr. Lowenstein.
Three agencies that Lasell has developed
ties with are the Girl Scouts, Second Step, a transi-
tional woman's shelter for survivors of abuse, and
Boston Partners in Education, an organization that
serves as a liaison for placing volunteers within
Boston public schools. "I see wonderful opportu-
nities for my students there," says Ruth Joseph,
chair of the Education Department.
Lasell Village also partners with the College
in connected learning and the intergenerational
give-and-take is irreplaceable.
"When I arrived at Lasell the environment
was poised for a geared-up Center and I found
that the students on this campus are passionate
about service," continues Dr. Lowenstein. Molly
DeStafney, Lasell's Massachusetts Campus
Compact (MACC) AmeriCorps VISTA volimteer
can testify to this. Molly has been involved in
numerous projects, but by far the largest program
is America Reads.
This huge and well-loved literacy program
was a Clinton initiative and uses federal work
study money to pay college students to tutor chil-
dren who have fallen behind in reading. Last fall
30 students gave four to five hours a week
and tutored children at the MacArthur School
in Waltham and the Farragut School in Boston.
The Lasell students are trained before they
are matched with a child to tutor twice a week.
An event that met with unprecedented suc-
cess was The Giving Tree, a campus-wide holiday
drive. "I could barely get into my office, it was so
full of toys," laughs Molly. "I wasn't sure what to
expect, but I was so impressed by the students'
generosity. Not only did we receive quality
clothing items, but we had barrels and bags full
of gifts for children."
The Plummer House team is clearly passion-
ate about what they are doing and the response
and involvement they are getting is beginning to
swell. The more voices and perspectives are
heard, the richer and more encompassing the
learning experience will be. *•
Davis Educational Foundation Funds
Open Many Doors for Faculty
1 HE IMPLEMENTATION OF TECHNOLOGY AS A TEACHING AND LEARNING
tool at Lasell College has been greatly enhanced by funding provided by the Davis
Educational Foundation. Faculty members have quickly responded to the varied profes-
sional development opportunities offered to them through a combination of workshops,
one-to-one training opportunities, drop-in conferences, as well as the multi-day summer
and winter can\ps.
In Jiine 2001, 14 faculty members spent four
days of their summer vacation attending
The Art of Using Technology as a Teaching and
Participants had their choice of workshops
that focused on software, information, communi-
cation, and hardware technologies. Each day
began with coffee and conversation followed by
two workshop sessions, lunch and pedagogical
discussions, and ended with two afternoon work-
shops. Plans are currently underway for the 2002
In addition to camp offerings, there has been
a concentrated effort to provide pedagogical and
technical support to faculty on a number of levels
in small group, peer-to-peer, or large group
settings on campus.
Faculty have received pedagogical support as
they develop learning-centered technological tools
in the form of CD-ROMs, online forums, class-
room presentations, and digital videos.
Technological support as they develop data-
base tools, transform overhead transparencies to
digital images, download administrative software
documents, upload classroom documents to
online format, and download course materials to
network folders is also being made available.
Faculty have received administrative support
as they apply for stipends and grants to develop
technological learning tools.
Faculty members have shared their technolog-
ical expertise with one another through work-
shops, roundtable discussions, and professional
development sessions, as well the first annual
Faculty Technology Showcase. The Showcase
Associate Professor and Director of Academic Computing,
provided faculty with the opportunity to observe
firsthand how their peers are using computers to
engage students in the learning process.
During the first half of the three-year Davis
Educational Foundation grant period, faculty
members from a number of disciplines —
Psychology, Economics, Sociology, Education,
English, Commrmications, Business, Accounting,
Fashion Retail and Design, Hotel Travel Admin-
istration, Mathematics, Foreign Language,
Science — took advantage of professional devel-
opment opportunities that have been primarily
focused on a number of teacher-centered techno-
logical tools. During the second half of this grant
period, the focus will be on the development of
student-centered teaching tools designed to fur-
ther engage students in the learning process. »-
TECH CAMP A SUCCESS
Lasell's 2002 Winter Technology Camp
for faculty and staff, which was sponsored
by the RoseMary B. Fuss Teaching and
Learning Center, was a resounding success.
According to the program's instructor,
Richard Dodd, "Feedback was positive
and attendance was impressive."
Seven courses were offered, most of
them on two different days. Some 40
people enrolled, 21 faculty and 19 staff. **■
DORAN COMPUTER LAB
Raves for Their
HIS YEAR THERE ARE 23 STUDENT
Resident Assistants (RAs) on campus who
form the backbone of resident hall living.
"Their job is to see that their resident hall
is a healthy, happy and safe corrmiunity, safe
both physically and emotionally," explains
Robin Smedick, assistant director of residen-
tial life / resident director. "RAs are the num-
ber one student resource on campus for oth-
Standing by his portrait, Marjorie Westgate Doran
'37 and President de Witt dedicate the Doran
Computer Lab, on December 1, 2001, in honor of
A. Benedict Doran.
RAs Nicole Imbriano, Victor Cipolla, Amanda
Frenette, and Mary Smyth take a moment off during
their summer training.
Students apply for the RA position in the
spring, and are selected after a series of
group and individual interviews. "We find
that the students who apply want to make a
difference on campus. They want to see posi-
tive changes happen," says Robin. "RAs
must be strong academically because their
job is time consuming, and they must bal-
ance their responsibilities with their studies.
Not only are they involved daily with the
students on their floor, but each semester the
RAs must also plan eight community-based
programs, which range from group study
nights, to discussions on topics such as
This has been a particularly challenging
year for the RAs and the residential staff
because last August, when training began,
almost everyone was new to Lasell. "Both
Robin and I had just arrived," explains Heidi
Gruss, who is assistant director of student
activities /residential director. "Two of the
three part-time residential directors were
new, and it was the first time for all but five
or six of the RAs. But this is an incredibly
good-spirited bunch that have all gone above
and beyond what their positions require."
RA Appreciation Day was held this
February to recognize these hard-working
College Creates Center for Research on
Aging and Intergenerational Studies
In a move to further the quality of life for older adults through
research, community partnerships, and teaching focused on aging, lifelong learning, and
intergenerational programs, the College has announced the creation of the Center for
Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies (CRAIS).
Additionally, a research center was a require-
ment of the 1991 Agreement for Judgement
between Lasell College and the City of Newton.
Specifically, "research programs involving the res-
idents of Lasell Village shall be coordinated by a
research center located on the Village's campus,"
Dean Panchuck explains.
"The purpose of the Lasell College Center for
Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies
is to blend the focus on intergenerational studies
of the 1990 CIS description with the proposed
exploration of broader issues in aging in the 1991
Included among the new Center's objectives are:
• To convene regularly scheduled conferences,
lectures, workshops and symposia on aging
• To disseminate timely information related to
aging and an older population through its
Web site, polling institute, and marketing
• To conduct and facilitate research studies ini-
tiated by Lasell College and Lasell Village
faculty, staff, and students in both the under-
graduate and graduate programs
"The Center will provide an extraordinary
opportunity for our faculty, students, and Village
residents to engage and collaborate in research
programs of their own design, as well as those
conducted by medical centers, visiting scholars,
and accredited educational institutions other
than Lasell College," explains Village Dean,
Dr. Paula Panchuck.
The Center is designed to complement the edu-
cational program and mission of Lasell Village,
sponsored and managed by LaseU CoUege. The
Center will also support the elder care and market-
ing concentrations of LaseU's recentiy announced
master's degree program (see story pg. 1).
"A research center had first been proposed in
the December 1990 Report of the Committee on
Intergenerational Studies to the Board of Trustees,
the first 'master plan' for Lasell Village," says Dr.
Panchuck. "That plan proposed a Center for
Intergenerational Studies (CIS), which would
engage in research on age-appropriate activities,
lifestyles, and proactive wellness programs to
extend our limited knowledge about the elderly."
Intergenerational experiences happen both inside and
outside the classroom at Lasell.
• To support scholars and research groups from
outside the Lasell College community who
wish to conduct studies on the full continuum
of elderly people, from healthy seniors living
in the community to those living in long-term
• To promote collaborative research with other
• To provide consultant services on topics relat-
ed to aging, lifelong learning, and intergenera-
The Center for Research on Aging and
Intergenerational Studies will be housed at Lasell
Village under the supervision of the Center's
Director, who will be responsible for developing
programs that promote the Center's mission,
including securing and managing grants from
corporate, foundation, and government sources. »-
A Conversation with Shawn Powers,
Executive Chef of the Lasell Village Dining Room
IhERE is AS MUCH SCIENCE AS THERE IS ART BEHIND ANY SUCCESSFUL DINING
experience. The residents at Lasell Village are especially fortunate to have an executive chef
of Shawn Powers' caliber, who is both a student of culinary science and craftsman of its art.
An intriguing concoction of humility, curiosi-
ty, talent, and creativity, Shawn Powers clearly
relishes his post at Lasell Village. "Lasell Village
is a wonderfully unique professional endeavor,"
says Powers. "Here, I have an enormous amount
of creative freedom that affords my staff and me
the opportunity to provide the Village residents
a range of dining experiences."
A 1990 graduate of the Culinary Institute of
America (CIA), Powers has spent the last 10 years
in the food service industry, building his resume
to achieve executive chef status. Hearing about
an opportunity at Lasell Village through a friend.
Powers readily accepted the newly created
position in lune of 2000, realizing his dream of
becoming executive chef.
"I started washing pots at age 16, working my
way up to steward at an assisted living facility, "
recalls Powers." Coincidentally, 15 years later, I'm
in it again." After an introduction to the food ser-
vice business by a supportive mentor. Powers
determined that he wanted to pursue a career as a
chef. "My first boss in the food service business
made it fun for me. He started showing me little
things in the kitchen, and I enjoyed it. I knew by
my junior year that I wanted to be a chef, so I
enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America." A
native of Winchester, Massachusetts, Powers
explored his options before deciding on CIA. "I
applied to four other schools, but one of the cooks
I worked with recommended CIA as one of the
best programs for aspiring chefs."
In the rigorous two-year program, CIA stu-
dents spend 22 months in the classroom, and four
months in an internship. "There is a set curriculum
at CIA, where you learn every aspect from the
'front of the house to the back,' in the parlance of
a true restaurateur. The students are immersed
in every aspect of food service management
including wine and spirits, cost control, nutrition,
Following graduation, the first career step is
often working for a major hotel. They serve as a
hands-on training ground for many CIA gradu-
ates. "While the training and experience is great,
the downside when you start in the hotel industry
Chef Shawn Powers working miracles at the stove.
is that you work long hours, all the holidays, and
after a few years, most just burn out. But profes-
sionally, you learn to deal with an unimaginable
number of service issues."
After a stint with a major hotel. Powers
accepted a position with the then Plaza Dining
Room at the Copley Hotel. "I started with salads
and desserts, reporting to the Garde Manager,
then I was promoted to poissonier — responsible
for incorporating all the fresh seafood into the
menu. At the Copley, we had lots of creative
freedom. The boss encouraged staff input, and
the specials reflected this input and energy."
For the past five years. Powers went on to hone
his culinary talents, serving as a sous chef, the posi-
tion responsible for carrying out the chef's visiori, at
the Sheraton ITT Property, and then at the Omni
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Florence Boehmcke Edmondson is living in a
retirement home on HUton Head Island, SC.
Katherine Kelley Gaul writes, "The new plans for
Lasell are exciting. The best of everything to Lasell."
MAY 17-19, 2002
Upset that the last Lasell Leaves had no mention of the
Class of 1927, Elizabeth Selkirk Chipps writes, "I'm in a
retirement village with aU the 'old people,' am as weU as
can be expected at 95, and keep busy."
Marjorie Parrish Green celebrated her 92nd birthday.
She lives alone in a condo in Marysville, OH. She has
"three wonderful children, six grandchildren and six
Ruth Rohe Smith says, "I missed getting to the Boston
area the last two years. HeUo to my classmates. I would
love to hear from you. I cherish my memories of Lasell."
MAY 17-19, 2002
From Bette Andrews York: "At 88 there is no exciting
news, but my son and daughter-in-law celebrated my
birthday with me."
"Greetings to the Class of '33. Am happy and weU,
appropriate to my age," writes Amorette Larchar Skilton.
"Now that my husband is in his 90's and I am in my
late 80' s, we are living with my daughter and son-in-law,"
writes Jean Murphy Aneda.
Turning 87 and still driving a car, Marjorie Jones
Joslyn plays bridge, sings in her church choir, makes
flower arrangements, and exercises. She has three children,
seven grandchildren and two "great-grands," all living in
other states, but visiting often.
Denise Gile Arnold writes, "I still have great memories
of Lasell and the Class of '35. What a super group."
Barbara Ordway Brewer submitted the following poem
entitied "To Maida on her Birthday" in memory of her
friend Maida Cardwell Atwood.
Your hair was curly.
My hair was not.
We both wore knit snowsuits
With matching hats.
Yours had a white fur collar and muff.
Mine did not.
Your doll carriage was neat.
Mine was — well higgley piggley.
You came to my 3rd birthday party.
My mother was pregnant.
Your mother was not.
I had a brother named David
You had a "brother" named Bob
and a sister named Dot.
You had a cat named Dizzy /DumbeU
I had a cat named Pajamas.
Your father went to Heaven,
My father worked at Lasell.
He was big and you were scared of him.
We both went to Williams School.
We each had our private corner atop the billboards.
Where we watched the trains go by.
I don't know how we got up there.
You moved to Great Neck,
But you came back to Fern Street.
We both went to Lasell.
I slept on the crack between your bed and Anne's,
When we took our caps and gowns.
You edited the school magazine,
I was on a crew and wrote the class prophesy.
Katharine Peck Dietler is looking forward to being
back in Charlotte, NC. She writes, "Talk to Puff every so
often. Play a little golf. Best to all."
Our sincere condolences to Dorothy Paine Chaucer on
the death of her eldest son in March 2001. Dorothy spends
much of her time with her two sons and friends.
MAY 17-19, 2002
Barbara Bumham Rice writes, "I'm living up here in
Indiana to be near my family. It is good to see them often."
From Locust Grove, VA, Anne Campbell Terrill
reports, "My outdoor activities are slowing down.
Hopefully, I will catch up on the inside jobs and letters."
Anne is busy with garderung, her children and grand-
children and her Bible study group. "We have many extra
prayers since the dreadful attacks on New York and D.C."
She spends time in Florida during the winter months.
From Charlottesville, VA, Virginia Wright Church
remembers Lasell Junior College. "I walked to the college
and went home for lunch. It was the time of the depression.
I still write to Libby Wisdom, who introduced me to my
husband." Virginia continues, "1 can't keep up with Anne
Campbell Terrill, but I have traveled to most of the states.
Virginia has one son, two grandchildren and paints wood-
en objects as a hobby.
Arlene Wishart Sylvester
82 Woodland Road, Auburndale, MA 02466-2332
Penny DeLaney Ogrinz writes:
"We gave the coach to our wonderful son.
Now Russ and family have traveling fun.
We enjoyed RV'ing for 23 years.
We gave it up with a few salty tears.
Time flew by, but our memories are bright.
We feel our lives have been played quite right.
We're at home and feeling just fine.
Feeding the birds and watching them dine."
Dorothy Keyes says hello to all in the Class of '38.
Our sincere condolences to Betsy Bassett Wells whose
husband died last year, to Harriet Newcomb Stoughton,
whose husband died in October, and to Audrey Slawson
Drake on the death of her husband, Elliott.
Jean Aljoe Buurman and her husband Clarence have
always been involved in community projects in GreenviUe,
SC. Her friends at Meals on Wheels and the Greenville
Literacy Association are glad to see her back after a battle
with liver cancer.
Jeanne Daniels Wheeler and her husband are 82 and
83 years respectively. She still enjoys spending summers in
Wells, ME, as she has done for over 40 years. Jeanne has
Jane Robinson Williams moved to The Villages in
Frances Shepard Pilkington sold her home in
Mansfield, MA, and moved to an assisted-Uving facility
in the same town. She writes, "I enjoy playing bridge and
taking group trips. I still spend six months in Sarasota, FL."
"I had a wonderful visit with my roommate, Ruth
Fulton Rardin," writes Elizabeth Carlisle Holmberg.
"We went to all the 150th events."
Our sincere wishes for good health to Margaret Gibb
Jackson who has had some complications from knee
"Same old, same old," writes Sybil Hartley Eshbach,
"but am enjoying the good life with family and friends."
Helen Woodward Fassett keeps busy as a volunteer
at the Red Cross, her church, and at a convalescent home.
She has a new great-granddaughter.
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Mary Elizabeth Allen Ryan has this to say about their
trip to South Africa: "We saw lots of animals. It was quite
We were sorry to hear that Geraldine Bixby Averill's
husband, Charles, died in December 2001.
Marion Fitts Sternkopf enjoys traveling "whether by
sea, plane, car or bus. Have covered a great many places in
the world and have plans for the future."
LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2002
To Jacqueline Lander Schofield, we were sorry to hear
that her husband passed away in June 2001. Jacqueline still
goes back and forth between Florida and the Cape. She
plays golf, tennis and bridge, "Not like in the old days, but
I'm still out there."
Our sincere condolences to Virginia Whalen Petrie on
the death of her husband in February 2001.
MAY 17-19, 2002
Our sincere condolences to Jean Barnes-Butts whose
husband died suddenly last year.
Doris Bracher Jenkins is "trying to maintain some
semblance of good health despite breathing troubles." She
just had a second great-grandson and will try to get up
north to see him after the winter.
Jessie Dobson Salmon spent last summer in
Connecticut and the United Kingdom. She has three great-
grandchildren and hopes to make it to her 60th reunion.
We were sorry to hear that Doris Leach Almeida and
Beatrice Lewis Potter recently lost their husbands.
Still living in Lake Worth, FL, at a golf community,
Elaine Robins Albert writes, "I am playing golf, bridge
and enjoying my life here."
"Looking forward to renewing the wonderful friend-
ships I made at Lasell at our 60th reunion," writes Barbara
"I am looking forward to my 60th reunion in May,"
writes Noel Temple Manning, "and hope to see old
friends." Noel and her husband moved to a retirement
community this past year.
Jean Walters Goble is looking forward to her 60th
reunion in May and "can't believe the years have gone
by so quickly." Jean is busy with church, bridge, children,
grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
Our sincere condolences to LaVeme Atno Olson whose
husband died in January 2001. LaVeme enjoys retirement.
She quilts, paints, cross-stitches, and plays bridge and
"After traveling our beautiful country for a few years/'
writes Margaret Bosworth Logee, "I am happy in our
home in smaU-town Woodstock, CT." Margaret spends
time with her six children, 15 grandchildren and three
Frances Chiwch Deering wiil celebrate her 80th birth-
day in 2002. She says, "I walk two miles every day and
play bridge. 1 had to give up tennis because of my arthritis.
My youngest grandson was married in September 2001."
Writes Virginia CoUins Canavan, "I was on a cruise
to Alaska when I heard of the terrible news of the planes
flying into the World Trade Center."
Priscilla Spence Hall keeps busy with singing and art,
"and my sheltie dog keeps me happy."
Jane Timm Engle is looking forward to her grand-
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Our sincere condolences to Jacqueline Campbell
Lumbard on the death of her husband.
Eleanor Laing Greenhalgh-Kilty feels fortunate to live
in Chatham, MA, and still work for the town's building
department. She takes care of her husband during her
"I've been a decent at the Worcester Art Museum (MA)
for many years. I'd love to hear from anyone interested in a
tour," writes Elfreda Reck Dubin. Elfreda loves gardening
and swims several times a week. She wonders, "Where
have the years gone?"
We were sorry to hear that Ann Scott Peal's husband
died in February 2002.
Jane Calderwood Price moved from Savannah, GA,
to Amelia Island Plantation, FL, and "loves it."
Marjorie Olson Bjork writes, "May peace be with
Our sincere condolences to Doris WLnkemeier
Dief f enbach on the death of her husband in July. Doris
writes, "1 will stay in upstate New York as my daughter
and her family live across the road. Hi to everybody."
Lynn Blodgettt Williamson
60 Ledgelaiun Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420-3449
Raemary Chase Duryea plays a lot of golf and loves
Our condolences to Mildred Day Clements whose
aunt, Dorothy Day Funk '33, died in October 2000.
Mildred writes, "1 am busy working and visiting nearby
grandchildren. Hope all is well with my classmates."
Jean Watson Wetrich has two great-granddaughters.
MAY 17-19, 2002
After years of recording her thoughts about her adven-
tures in the remote northern Maine woods, Betty Carter
Steele compiled them in a self-published book. On becom-
ing a published writer, Betty says, "A little luck has to
come into the picture. You just write. You have to love the
creative process. Otherwise, don't bother."
Millicent Entwistle Crawford is retired and enjoying
life on the coast of Maine. She says, "I have many happy
memories of my two years at LaseU." Millicent has two
The last issue of Leaves incorrectly reported Mary-Ida
Hanson Olson traveling to Ireland. Instead, she was in
Iceland. Since then she has been to Peru. She writes,
"1 never thought I'd be climbing in the Andes. I have
also been lucky to visit Cuba. A great experience."
Our sincere condolences to Barbara Stickle Mode on
the death of her husband, Philip, in December.
Priscilla Stone Hird continues to be in good health
and enjoys winters in Florida and summers on Lake
Nancy Stupak Parker is enjoying life in a retirement
commimity in Brunswick, ME. She hopes one of her six
grandchildren will attend Lasell.
Says Phyllis Sykes Brown, "Four children, 12 grand-
children, and a cancer survivor. Life couldn't be better."
Frances Oden Werly is happy she moved to Maine
and "can stiU chase 2-year-old twins and their 4-year-old
Jane Upton Patten is retired, has a lung problem, but
is in no pain. Her outlook: "My husband and I are happy
to be together. Life is beautiful. Love, family and friends
make it that way. I think of Lasell often. Our daughter,
Sandra Perkins Jones '65 attended Lasell and loved it."
Elaine Burrell King's granddaughter. Amber King, is a
sophomore at Lasell. Elaine says, "Amber is most enthusi-
astic about Lasell, her classes and activities."
Martha Kennedy IngersoU had a good year and has
many fond memories of Lasell. She says, "I would love to
hear from any Ohio altxmnae."
Ann Myers Beck is enjoying her new condo. "Having
one floor is great after having three!"
Still enjoying New Hampshire life in the foothills of the
White Mountains is June Smith Noreen.
Nancy Lawson Donahue
52 Belmont Avenue, Lowell, MA 01852-2865
September 2001 Cruisemates (L to R): Jean DiCiorgio
Buchanan '62 and Nancy Curtis Grellier '49.
"At age 72, 1 finally have my first grandchild. He's
gorgeous," writes Priscilla Aldrich Randell.
Corinne Capone McGuiggan was heading to Florida
in February and expecting to see Libby Harrington Logan
and Josephine Hickey Sanborn in Clearwater.
Nancy Curtis Grellier met up with alums all during
the year 2001. "The big event, the 150th birthday, was such
fun. So many alums from far and wide. It was nice to see
them all. I made a short but terrific visit to my roommate,
Evelyn Frye White. In May Helen Hamilton Croot and her
husband joined us for a reminiscing diiuier. In the summer
I discovered that Sheila Cronin Sullivan was the class of
1957. And Barbara Potier Grey and I had our annual lunch
on Nantucket." In summary Nancy says, "It was just super
seeing and meeting all these folks."
Martha Hurd Davenport was looking forward to
seeing all nine grandchildren over the holidays.
"My roommate. Norma Pickett Wise, came out for two
weeks and as usual we had a great time," writes Vicky
Stone Leary. Vicky has two great-grandsons.
"Congratulations to Lasell and all the great accomplish-
ments. I'm very proud of this grand college," writes Jane
Jacqueline Word Stallings runs a Christian retreat cen-
ter in North Carolina's sailing capital.
Anita Angelus Koulopoulos and Jacqueline Paulding
Hauser co-chaired a successful "Books in Bloom" flower
show at the Sudbury, MA public library.
Sally Hughes Fasick enjoyed a fun reunion on the
Cape this past summer with Dorothy Goehring Rourke
and Jime Handleman Gilmartin.
Betty Jean Jones Bolton continues to work several days
a week at a museum ia Wihnington, DE.
"This has been a difficult year without Frank," v^rrites
Elizabeth Kerrivan Davidson, "but family and friends are
all loving." For Elizabeth, "a trip to the campus is a dream,
soon to make come true."
Marguerite Nahigian Sarkisian enjoyed an Alaskan
cruise with all the amenities including "magnificent glaci-
ers, snow-capped moimtains, totem poles, eagles, whales
and sea lions."
Our sincere condolences to Jean Ostrander Lowman
on the loss of her mother. Jean retired from doing medical
transcriptions. She writes, "Otherwise enjoying oixr friends,
four grandchildren, and the Florida weather with my
Our sincere condolences to Jacqueline Paulding
Hauser on the loss of her husband, George, in November.
Joan Robilotto Gibson took two cruises — one from
Singapore to Venice, the other from Copenhagen to Rome.
Barbara Schnelle Orton is busy with her local Lioi\s
Club. Her grandchildren range in age from 4 years to 22
In good health, Astrid Selander Fowler still coordi-
nates the Friendly Visitor Program for the elderly. Astrid
and her husband spent a "delightful day" vdth Lois
Schaller Toegemann and spouse.
"Lasell news constantly amazes me. I 'itch' to visit and
see the changes and hope to do so in 2002," writes Carolyn
Snook Rauscher. Caroljm says that Jackie Paulding
Hauser, who represents their class, does her job well.
Carolyn lunched with Mary Claire Dodge Davis and visit-
ed her sister Barbara Snook Haggerty's '48 roommate,
Mary Detwiler Eicker '48.
Kathleen Ballard Heck writes, "Lasell did a great job
with our 50th reunion. My only wish was that more of our
class had come. We sure did miss them. Even my husband
Dorothy Delasco Sines celebrated her 50th anniversary
writh a trip to Europe on the Orient Express and a party
with her four children and six grandchildren.
We were sorry to hear that Charles Kearney died in
December 2001. He was Joan Kearney Cormay's brother
and Edith Taccone Kearney's husband.
Charlotte Kelley Campbell went on a choir trip to
France this past summer, seeing Paris, Normandy and the
Riviera. She has nine grandchildren.
"1 keep in touch with Mary Jane White Miller," writes
Cynthia Leibert Lay. "1 would love to hear from other
classmates, especially Ro Wiles and Pat Voss. Where are
Beverly Pink Reynolds writes, "It was a great reuiuon
thanks to many of you and to Lasell. We also had a great
time at Joan Kearney Cormay's pool party. The coldish
weather did not inhibit our gay mood."
Enjoying her busy life in Arizona, Elaine Quavillon
Tull writes, "There is so much to see in this part of the
LASELL LEAVES SPRING 200?
Sallyann Bartlett Abel married Norman Bassett in August
R) Joyce Weitzel Flanagan '51, Virginia Bowers Noyes '48,
Bassett '51, Alice Pittenger '51.
country. It is a bit of a culture shock after living in New
England for so many years. If you're in the area, please
come visit." About reunion she says, "Wonderful and the
class did us proud!"
Peggyanne Riker Miller writes, "I was so sorry to have
missed our 50th reunion. I was traveling in the Middle
East. It was an incredible trip and a dream come true."
"Certainly enjoyed the 50th reunion," writes Mary Jane
White Miller. "I've just had a hip replacement so I'll be
ready for our 55th."
This has not been a good year for Janet Woodward
Powers. She and her daughter are dealing with cancer. She
writes, "Enjoy everyday, gals!"
Janet Wyman Meade says, "Our 50th reunion was
great. Since then I've been recovering from an operation.
My best to all."
MAY 17-1 9, 2002
"Decided to retire in November after a successful battle
against cancer," writes Jean Aslaksen Podimsky. "I am
enjoying more time with friends and family. I realize I like
playing more than working."
Bemardine Gill Smith writes, "God bless your new
year and America too!"
Virginia Snedaker Marschall was looking forward to
visiting her husband's relatives in Switzerland and spend-
ing time in Germany where she lived for 12 years.
Eleanor Sommer O'Keefe retired in 1995 after working
43 years behind the scenes in television — 20 years at
WBZ-TV (channel 4 Boston) and 23 years at WCVB-TV
(channel 5 Boston). She writes, "They were interesting and
fun-filled years. My Lasell education served me well."
Eleanor is enjoying her leisure time, traveling extensively
and keeping up with family and friends. "My best wishes
to all my classmates, especially those from Belmont, MA,
and to all the dayhops who made that daily trip to
Aubumdale for classes and lunch breaks at the Barn. I
hardly recognize the campus as it is now, but 50 years have
passed. I can't believe it!"
Muriel Webb Moyer is looking forward to a trip to
Australia and New Zealand.
Three "Lasell Girls" at Drake Island, Wells Beach,
Maine. (L to R) Roslyn Rowell Levesque '52, Mary Lou
Burke Alexander '53, Peg Thompson Wheatley '52.
From Alaska, Dot Day Bardarson writes that she
operates her art gaUery and markets her watercolor
prints to other galleries. Married for 47 years, she has
six grandchildren and four greats.
Kathryn Dolan continues
to volunteer at the New
Hampshire State Prison for
The events of September
11th turned Mary Ann
Donahue's New York City
(WNET/ Thirteen) upside
down. "We pulled regular pro-
grams, produced live events,
hosted Red Cross emergency
phone volunteers, offered out-
reach resources. And while it's
quieter now, things still change
"Another enjoyable stimmer
in Maine," writes Elsie Knaus
Klemt, "with the added treat of
a reunion in the Adirondacks in
August with roommate Sylvia
Pfeif fer Nesslinger and her
Helen Pearlstein Golden
keeps in touch with her room-
mate, Myma Pasternak Kahan, who lives just a few miles
away, and with Marie Kaden. Helen says, "I have
six grandkids who keep me busy."
Virginia Wilder Melitz writes, "I was born in New
York City. God bless America." Now living in Westlake
Village, CA, she says, "We are glad we live here and will
probably not move until we have to."
2001. In attendance: (L to
Sallyann Bartlet Abel-
Hope Duguid Dauwalter enjoys traveling, volunteer-
ing and visiting with friends. She traveled to Switzerland
to see her son, and her daughter got married in June 2001.
Thelma Greenberg Florin says, "I have five delicious
grandchildren, and the best thing is they live 10 minutes
Marilyn Hardacre Sell has a new grandchild.
Faith Harvey Fisler is busy with volunteer work and
her five grandchildren.
"No changes this past year," writes Priscilla Head
Davis, "and my grandchildren are growing up much too
fast." Priscilla is spending some time in Florida this winter
and planning a trip to the southwest. She loves living on
"Life is busy with nine grandchildren, three homes,
golf, and travel, " writes Carole Mattucci Wall. "Would
love to hear from old friends!"
Our sincere condolences to Virginia Michelini Parks
on the death of her father in October. Virginia's husband is
improving from several strokes. They have lots of support
Frances Mitchell Sherman "has had a busy year." She
attended a quilting show in Kentucky, visited the
Oklahoma memorial, and is now working on World Trade
Center memorial quilts.
Lorraine Nelson Stevens is still living in Arlington,
MA. Her youngest son was married in October. Lorraine
has one 2-year-old grandson who is "a real keeper."
Shirley Read Lupien is retired, has six grandchildren,
and loves cruising. Her last cruise was from Copenhagen
Judith Stone Grabar had a wonderful trip to Alaska.
Nancy Swanson Horsf ield keeps busy with church,
community activities, and her 12 grandchildren.
Our sincere condolences
to Mary Patricia Wilson
Kane whose husband died
ited Barbara Hammett Elkinton in New Hampshire.
Barbara and her husband planned a return visit with them
in New Zealand. Barbara writes, "Roommates and friends
Lucille Marden Randall has four great-grandchildren.
She enjoys her church choir and other church activities.
From West Palm Beach, FL, Valerie Montanez Barto
writes, "I would love to hear from anyone coming my
way." Valerie is busy taking care of her husband.
Martha Forristall Smith lives on Lake Sunapee, NH,
and spends four months on Sanibel Island, FL. She just
became the grandmother of twins and now has 8 grand-
children. "I feel very blessed."
Writes Katherine Mayo McAllister, "On September
11th I was packing my bags to leave for my nephew's
wedding in Switzerland. Wasn't able to make it to the
Ann Pasquale Kibort enjoys traveling and keeping in
touch with her five grandchildren.
"I was pleased to be a part of the art show for the 150th
celebration," writes Carol Phalen Swiggett, and enjoyed
seeing Peggy Schwingel Kraft and other classmates. Carol
was thrilled to watch her granddaughter and Betsy
Belsterling Jordan's granddaughter hold hands while
singing in a church choir.
Writes Penny Raf kin Blake, "Had a fabulous time at
our 45th reunion. It was wonderful seeing old classmates
and renewing old friendships. Looking forward to our
"I changed careers from retailing (my major at Lasell)
to real estate," writes Nanci Sullivan Hancock, "and have
enjoyed it for the last 25 years." Nanci is a Sr. V.P. at a
Suzanne Wadsworth Jonas writes, "We had a wonder-
ful visit with my classmate, Alicia Albright Leach, and her
husband in the Pennsylvania Amish country. It was fun
getting together again. Lasell friendships are forever."
Janet Whitney Buck retired three years ago. She writes,
"My husband and I travel extensively in our R.V. We have
really seen this country, and it is wonderful. We have two
grandchildren in the midwest, so we go there often."
MAY 17-19, 2002
From Rochester, NH, Ann Bidwell Sanborn writes,
"Had a great year. Busy with golf. Can't wait to get warm
and back to Naples, FL."
Cynthia Clark Rose-Frazee divides her time between
Florida (seven months) and New York (five months). She
writes, "Added a golden retriever to our family. He keeps
Eileen Conradi Lynch retired in January 2001, is look-
ing for volunteer work, and is feeling better now that she
has finished six months of chemo. She traveled to Alaska
and is planning a trip to Provence, France.
Lynn Johnson McCabe retired from teaching and owns
a travel agency in Maryland.
Writes Ramona Kean Lane, "Our four children have
produced nine beautiful grandchildren."
"Sorry I won't be with you at reunion," writes
Elizabeth Liebewein Snyder, "but we'll be cruising the
Panama Canal and other Caribbean ports. Have fun. I'll be
thinking of you." Elizabeth still enjoys winters in Florida
and summers in Maine.
Our sincere condolences
to Ruth- Alison Bastis on the
death of her husband in
Mary Lee Gowdy
Belcourt is enjoying retire-
ment in Florida. As a volun-
teer, she teaches line
dancing to seniors.
Ethel Griffin Browning
retired from her bed &
breakfast. She enjoys New
Hampshire in the summer
and Florida in the winter.
Smith and her husband vis-
Lucinda Nolin Johnson '55/'77 hosts classmates at a luncheon in her home on Cape Cod
in September 2001. (Standing from L to R): Genevieve Harold, Barbara Travis
Hendrick, Sally Spicer Frazier and Lucinda. (Seated from L to R): Suzanne Clark
Johnson, Linda Nolin Ahem, Marion Nutter.
LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2002
Joan Pethybridge Thompson has lunch with Carolyn
Killam Moller several times a year, emails Mildred Berg
Cunningham, and is on the golf course as often as possible.
Joan says, "1 hope to see Betty Apgar Lott, Sandra Bristol
Walters, and the rest of our classmates at our 45th in May."
Lori Rounseville Sanford enjoys her three grandchil-
dren, her bichon frise and her new jeep. She writes, "Love
to Class of '57. Where are you, Debbie Odgers Ruch?"
Evelyn Sanders Brewster is enjoying retirement, four
grandchildren and traveling. She writes, "Marcia Jones
Leighton and 1 occasionally meet for gab fests."
Ada Whitmore Suydam took a cruise around
Marilyn Barette Roberts would love to hear from
anyone who is in the Naples, FL area.
In January 2001, Harriet Beard Ackerman graduated
with a B.A. in liberal arts from Roosevelt University in
"Doing really great, love being retired and having
grandchildren nearby," writes Beverly Bearse Sowerby.
She spends several months in Fort Myers Beach. Beverly's
heart transplant is 11 years old.
Bonnie Beckwith Morrison is still teaching pre-school.
She enjoys travelings 10 grandchildren, her summer home,
and visits with roommate Beverly Bearse Sowerby and
Jane Pethybridge Ralston.
Jeanne Bradner Morgan gets together with Gail
Seibert Glover, Judith Feldt Oswald, and Gail Winalski
Burd in Florida each winter. "Any other '58ers near Naples
or Deerfield Beach?"
Mary Ann Fuller Young's visit with Ann Reeves
Burton was "just like being back in Clark House."
Patricia Graff Willoughby spent a month in Norway
this past summer. She retired from a consulting job after
two years and is looking for the next opportunity.
Jane Gregson Moloney is retired from John Hancock
"cmd loving it." Her extended family includes nine chil-
dren and 12 grandchildren. She says, "Lots of places to go
and people to see. Thank goodness for family."
Kirsten Harvey Brownell is well and enjoying retire-
ment and five granddaughters. She had a great reunion
with classmate Kathleen Barstow McLaurin in Ohio.
Francine Klein Madison is president of the Interfaith
Community of Schenectady, NY.
Carolyn Reid Towne's big news is the birth of her first
grandchild. She says, "What a gift and blessing."
Helene Schwartz Perry is retired, doing educational
consulting, and has five grandchildren. Regarding her visit
with Gertrude Talberth Moshkovitz, she says, "Great
visit. Lots of fun."
"I retired from my shop and enjoy coming and going as
I please," writes Jacquelyn Smith Johnson. "I am moving
and packing 33 years of stuff. Hope all of you are well."
Sandra Wilson Joyce is still working as owner /design-
er of her own flower shop. She just finished a term as state
president of Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts
(with membership over 13,000). She boasts, "I finally
became a nana."
Linda Ostrom Goodwin retired from teaching
preschool and is planning a cruise on the Panama Canal.
She is a volunteer with the Big Brother/ Big Sister organiza-
tion. She writes, "My only child, a son, lives in Charleston,
SC. A fun place to visit."
Our sincere condolences to Anne Sutherland Rollins
on the death of her mother in August 2001.
The Class of '60 (Converse and Karandon) had a mini-
reunion at Joan White Martin's Bed & Breakfast near
Watkins Glen, NY, on October 5-8, 2001. Joan writes, "Lots
of fun, food, and laughter. Enjoyed Finger Lakes wine on
the Seneca Lake wine trail."
Ronna Zucker Uhrman is still teaching pre-school. She
has four boys, two girls, and is expecting her seventh
grandchild. "They're the best."
Bette Cole Greene and her husband traveled through
Florida to Texas for three months in their motor home. Bette
is looking forward to the birth of grandchild number five.
Sarah Hirst-Pitts was re-elected treasurer of the
Humane Association of Wilson County, TN. She writes,
"I spend my time at the animal shelter, on the golf course,
or with my hobby of button collecting."
JoAnn Jacobson still works full-time. She bikes, swims,
and is active in her local church and United Nations group.
Lenore Silvestro Stein writes, "1 was deeply saddened
to learn of the death of my dear friend, Carolyn Doucette
Lombard, after a valiant struggle with cancer. She will be
missed by all who knew her."
"It is my 30th year of teaching," Linda Welt Horowitz
writes. "I enjoy being with my 2-year-old granddaughter
and going to our condo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, several
times a year."
For the past 10 years, Sally Cabral Crowe has been an
ESL teacher at an elementary school in Jonesboro, GA. She
says, "It is an interesting job because my students speak
many different languages." Sally would like to meet other
LaseU alums who live in the Atlanta area.
"2001 was a busy year of travel to Arizona, Florida,
Ireland, and a riverboat cruise from Amsterdam to
three extra days
She is enjoying
We were so
sorry to hear that
Daniel, lost his
life in the tragic
terrorist attack on
the World Trade
was on the 104th
floor and was
months in Bonita Springs, FL, in the winter. Donna is busy
with golf, community activities, and six grandchildren. She
says their Pickard House get-togethers a few times a year
include Charlotte Siders Morgan, Lynda Downes Brown,
Nancy Kinghom Batayte, Barbara Carberry Haddad,
Carolyn Bird Murray and Sharon Handley House.
Nan Sparks Hunter says her six children and eight
grandchildren are doing well.
Judith Adelson Wein still keeps in touch with room-
mate, Felice Goldman Resko. Judith loves living in
Florida. She has a married daughter and a son who is
Marion Bishop Kersh writes, "ThaiUc you, Lasell for
the beginnings of my interior design education. My career
Mini-Nursing Reunion in September 2001. Some graduates of the three-year Nursing Program got
together with two of their instructors to reminisce about their time at Lasell and the impact their
education had on their professional and personal lives. Standing (L to R): Joan Snipes Bigelow,
Marsha Graziano Ballantyne, Susan Miller-Havens, Deborah Werner Forbes, Elizabeth Daigneau
Marshall, Deirdre Hanley McGrath, Patricia Haggerty Fowler Seated: Instructor Judy Barden and
Director Constance Milner.
has opened several unique doors. I continue to get new
clients." Marion is a member of Rotary International and
writes for the newsletter and is a member of the Arizona
North A.S.I.D. Chapter and writes for their publication.
Felice Goldman Resko had this to say about her visit
with "roomie" Judith Adelson Wein: "Had a good time
reminiscing about our college days."
Linda Bailey Bolton is the pastor of a church in New
Hampshire. Her youngest son, a minister, is running an
orphanage in Romania.
"I'm single again, living in my old farmhouse, working
full-time in Portsmouth, NH for the president of an inter-
national manufacturing company," writes Nancy
Cunningham Kelly. Nancy's interests are ballroom danc-
ing, golf, and biking. She has two bachelor sons.
Diane DuBois Manzoli is 2in instructor of children's
ballet, rhythm, and movement at the Franklin School for
the Performing Arts in Franklin, MA.
Barbara Bogert Wahlberg became a "nana" when her
daughter, Susan Wahlberg Morch '88 became a mom.
"Enjoying Ufe. All is well."
"Life continues to be good. I am still working at the
New Jersey Psychological Association. All three daughters
are married and have blessed us with three grandchildren
so far," writes Lyrm Flusser TuU.
Phyllis Gordon Heckt is enjoying retirement, tiavel,
and her grandchildren.
Barbara Jacoby Adelstein is stiU substitute teaching (20
years) and enjoying it. She is awaiting the birth of her first
MAY 17-19, 2002
Ann Abbott Bowler became a grandmother for the first
time with the birth of her granddaughter.
Writes Linda Bald Lathrop, "Hi all. Retirement is great.
Doing lots of traveling — St. Thomas, Aruba, and our year-
ly visit to Wells, ME. And we have a new grandson." Linda
visited with Jean DiGiorgio Buchanan and family.
In March Patricia Gath Moessinger moved to
Robin MacCloskey Mclnnis announces the birth of her
daughter's second child.
Marcia Madden Heist continues as chair of the
BrookUne School Committee. She loves boating on Lake
Winnipesaukee, NH, in the summer. To Betsey, Tracy,
Elaine and Lynda, she writes, "I think of you and our
Lasell buddies often."
Dee Orben Campbell took a 2-week trip to Hawaii
with her children and a cruise through the Panama Canal.
She will celebrate her 60th birthday this year. Dee still
works in her Mary Kay business.
Jeanne Chase Peckham's five grandchildren span three
states: Massachusetts, Michigan, and Virginia.
After retiring from the Duxbury, MA, school system.
Having some fun at the mini-Nursing Reunion are
Susan Miller-Havens (with nurse's cap) and Deirdre
"There's nothing like old roommates getting together,"
says Jane Leonard Wilcox about her visit with Susan
Shaw Long. "We renewed memories and had a ball."
Jane's son, Andy, is a Lasell campus police officer.
Congratulations to Susan Miller-Havens who was one
of the local artists featured on Chronicle for her portraits of
Red Sox players.
LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2002
"Miss my Lasell days and friends. What great times we
had," writes Kay Oppenheim Loomstein. Specifically, Kay
recalls the walk up to the castle for a religions class. Kay
says her three granddaughters are the best.
During her vacation to Hawaii with a stop in San
Francisco, Linda Parmenter Goulding saw Carol
Patricia Perry Polidor continues to be busy with
traveling and her travel business.
As of January 2002, Janet Ramsbotham Blake is
executive assistant to the President of the College of
Lifelong Learning, the adult college of the University
of New Hampshire.
"We became proud grandparents to a grandson,"
writes Andrea Siegal Cohen. "What fun!"
Darlene Smith Riemer started her own architectural
firm in Dutchess County, NY. She recently became a
Sheryl Chapman Rammer's yoimgest daughter, Tara,
is applying to Lasell.
Kathleen Goulder Plante assumed the position of
registrar at the Uiuversity of New Orleans after almost 14
years with Louisiana State University. She says, "There's
always something going on. It's an active dty." Kathleen
says of her granddaughter, "she makes me feel yoting."
After 12 years as a staff nurse at Beverly Hospital,
Sara-Jane Hayes Kiesling now coordinates the BLS/CPR
program and the orientation program for new staff. With a
specialty in oncology, Sara-Jane also teaches chemotherapy
administration to some of the nurses.
Writes Eleanor Lamson Brewster, "Was due to go to
England two days after September 11th. Instead saw some
of our fine country — Savannah and Hilton Head." Eleanor
also saw Joan Ray McClure '63 for the first time in 30
years. "It was great fun."
After 34 years, Marcia Lxmdgren Johns retired as a
flight attendant with TWA. Marcia enjoys southern
CaUfomia vacations and Lake Tahoe for skiing.
Assistant City Manager Beverlee Pembroke Hill is
the winner of the prestigious Municipal Person of the Year
Award for 2001, an award that recognizes outstanding
service, an active commitment to local government, and
service to the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.
Beverlee hails from Montpelier, VT.
Recently honored by the Connecticut Town Clerks
Association and named Town Clerk of the Year is
Catherine Sanford Nurmi. Catherine talks to Eleanor
Staniland Stofan who lives in Grand Rapids, MI.
Margo Yonker MacKenzie writes, "I have taken a leave
of absence from my teaching job and am enjoying some
free time. I walk once a week with Jane Pearson Varley '64,
whom I didn't know while I was at LaseU, but met while
We were teaching at the same school in Florida. I am a
breast cancer survivor."
Colette Cavanaugh Clark just completed chemothera-
py for breast cancer. She writes, "I plan to be at the next
LaseU reunion and lots after that. A breast self-exam can
save your Ufe."
"Happily married for 30 plus years with two grown
children," writes Elinore Lowe Kinczel. "I direct and teach
preschool in Oakland, CA." Elinore would love to hear
from anyone who lived in Ordway, 1965-1966.
Eleanor Mackinnon Speh's new job is Director of
Volunteers, Membership and the Community Connections
Program for Arc (helping people with developmental
disabilities). When EUie's daughter got married in June,
her "LaseU Uttle sister" Bonnie Kamerdiner Marsano '67
Enjoying semi-retirement is Arlene Paratore
Hrabovecky. She has a commercial real estate position
with Caldwell Banker while finding time to travel and play
If you are visiting the Hearst Castle, come see me in
nearby Cambria, CA, writes Lynn Stem Taylor. Lynn has
Carolyn White Amdurer is still teaching and just
became a grandmother.
MAY 17-1 9, 2002
Heather Hines Peterson's son got married and lives in
Texas near her nursing classmate, Aimee Gutmann Gage.
"Through my watercolors, I choose to remind people
of their inner joy, which can be lost amidst the anxiety of
day-to-day living," writes Lisa Altshuler Freidus.
Martha Borawski is the owner of a travel agency in
New Hampshire Governor Shaheen appointed Helen
Carey Cohen to the Emergency Shelter and Homeless
Commission. Helen organized an ongoing group to
provide and serve monthly meals to 100 people at local
shelters. She is an active member of the NH Coalition
to End Homelessness. Helen won an award for flower
arranging from the York Harbor, ME, Garden Club.
With 20 years of nursing and 11 years of real estate
behind her, Roberta Munce Nelson is starting her ovtTi
real estate company in Lynnfield, MA.
JoAnn Shattuck Wilson has been enjoying the Lake
Winnipesaukee, NH, area for the past 10 years. She left
engineering and is doing volunteer work and loving it.
Ruthanne Woods Thibodeau would love to hear
from Dale, Mary, Kathy or Janet.
MAY 17-19, 2002
Betsy Abrahamson Solomon has been living in the
Maryland area since 1983. She has two children. She writes,
"I would love to hear from classmates."
Victoria Cole Staples works for the Surgical Services
Department of Emerson Hospital (MA).
After working as a middle school teacher for years.
Holly Gove Porterfield is now a writer. Her first book,
"Think Twice, Twice" (a murder mystery) wiU be released
in late May. HoUy has a son.
Married with three grown children, Nancy McKeagney
Votto works as a diabetes educator at Yale University. She
writes, "I would love to hear from classmates."
Susan Curry Soucy has been working as an elemen-
tary school secretary for the past 10 years. She has three
Nancy Alterman Walker
asks, "Where is Sherry Wolf
and Nancy Wells?"
"I continue to enjoy life
in upstate New York,"
writes Deborah Lewis
Vanderzell. "I think of my
LaseU friends often." Debbie
has two sons.
Linda Lione Brown saw
Wendy Sachs Goodfriend
at her son's wedding in June
1999. Linda writes, "Would
love to get a group going in
Sharon Murphy would
love to hear from Linda
Citro Genovese, Kathleen
Anders and Karla Englund
Nancy Rosenthal Klein
is stUl working as a perma-
nent substitute teacher as
weU as a real estate associ-
ate. She has two daughters.
"I moved to the
Portland, OR area and have
recormected with my
Carpenter Hall roommate.
Gay Anderson Molise, who
also recently relocated," writes Jonatha Tarbox Paetzhold.
"Thirty-three years have melted away!"
Some members of the class of '74 got together for "Chick Weekend 2001" in Charleston,
SC: Beth Ballard, Suzy Shaw Allen, Pat Raposa Reineke, Debi Bradley Severance, Jill
Mills Cozens, Susan Curry Soucy and Jill Greenleaf Kells-Murphy.
Barbara Hirschfield Henry, First Selectman in
Roxbury, MA, won the endorsement of both political
parties for another term as selectman. According to a
local newspaper, "It is an honor which also aUows her
to concentrate on town business without the distraction
of running a campaign."
Paula Firmegan Dickinson is President of Granite State
Reading /IRA and third V.P.-elect to the New England
Association. Paula says, "Hi to aU Karandon Cuties."
Deborah Kimerling Schneider has a son in college and
two in high school.
Our heartfelt condolences to Martha Garshman
Spector on the death of her husband Jerome A. (Jerry)
Spector in March 2002.
The year 2001 was a year of big events for Mary Hobler
Hyson. "It was my 30th at Lasell, my 30th wedding
anniversary, my youngest was off to coUege and my oldest
was married. Phew!"
"I'U be completing my 30th year with American
Airlines as a flight attendant," writes Johanna Nahatis
Kadra. "On many of my flights I'm delighted to see former
Lasell classmates." Johanna's twin, Christina Nahatis
Barrett, continues to enjoy teaching kindergarten in
Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Johanna and Christina are
also both involved with their dad's company,
In January Marianne Moran Conkey began her new
career as a first-grade teacher. She lives outside of Chicago
with her husband and two teenage children. Marianne says
hi to Amy, Sarah, and Francie.
"I am stUl happily single," writes Donna Shalhoub,
"but dating a wonderful man. Working as a men's clothing
speciaUst for Giorgio Armani at Saks Fifth Avenue. Life is
Lynda Sweeney Hunt is pursuing a B.S. in psychology
at Franklin Pierce College. She remarried in March 2000.
Linda has three children and two stepchildren.
Our sincere condolences to Amy Tichnor on the death
of her father.
From San Anselmo, CA, Eileen CoUette Cheplick
writes, "With my first son off to college, I may find myself
back east more often." Eileen has four sor\s.
LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2002
Jennifer Hughes Bardsley lives in Hingham, MA, with
her husband and two children. She has been running an
interior design business for the past 15 years.
Nancy Onanian Garrett writes, "I'm alive and well, liv-
ing in the Berkshires, married with a 5-year-old son."
MAY 17-19, 2002
Lynne Pantaleo-Congdon is "looking forward to see-
ing old friends /housemates from McClelland and Gardner
House at the 25th reunion. Mark your calendar and plan to
Kathryn Wall has been named Town Clerk in Berlin,
CT. She is the second woman in town history to hold this
MAY 17-19, 2002
Sarah Caizzi Klein accepted the position of Assistant
Director of Parks & Recreation in Bistol, RI. She will be
involved with the community center, the summer pro-
gram, scheduling trips and developing a monthly calendar
of activities. Prior to this Sarah was the co-owner of a
restaurant in Warren, RI.
Also excited about Linda Humphrey-Walsh's new
daughter are Linda's two sons and her sister, Karen
Humphrey Johnson '95.
Diane Perry Kelly has been appointed Administrative
Director of Quality Management for the Berkshire Medical
Center in Pittsfield, MA.
"My nursing foundation at LaseU has served me well,"
writes Dawne Bumham Mortenson. Dawne sends special
greetings to Cathy, Janet, and Debby.
Catherine Hall Ferrara says, "1 enjoy working per diem
and being a stay-at-home mother of three. Hi to Honor,
Cathleen H., Dawm, Pam, and everyone in the Class of
"Hello to my fellow nursing buddies. Hope all is well,"
writes Clair McCarthy Dalton. "Life is busy with Eric, 3,
Tim, 2, and our new baby in January."
MAY 17-19, 2002
Laura French McKenna is living in Bellingham, MA,
and looking to buy a house in Rhode Island.
In December Amy Kiss Woodward wrote,
"Congratulations to Wendy Gromko for finding her
'prince charming' and happy holidays."
Stacey Blauth was promoted to Captain in the
Salvation Army. She completed her Masters Degree in
Addiction and Recovery Counseling at Montclair State
College in New Jersey.
Jennifer Brosnan Squires invites everyone to please
come visit her deli in Derry, NH.
Merideth Sawyer Millett is a supervisor at the Poland
Spring Water Company in Maine.
From Sumter, SC, Bari Schwartz Perales writes, "I am a
stay-at-home mom with 3-year-old and 2-year-old sons.
Friends, please keep in touch."
MAY 17-19, 2002
At Kristin's baby shower in October 2001. (From L to
R) Andrea Kneeland Bradstreet '95, Kristin Clisham
Faivre '93, Brandi Robinson '93.
Kristin Clisham Faivre is enjoying her new home in
Married for six years, Anita Place Provencher is a
full-time mom to her two daughters and is building a new
home in Holden, MA.
Brandi Robinson is a marketing assistant with a com-
pany in Dracut, MA, and lives in Manchester, NH.
Kristine Bell Smith writes, "I am blessed to be working
with college students and loving what I do. Miss you all!"
Kristine has been married for two years.
Andrea Kneeland Bradstreet is pursuing her Masters
Degree in Early Childhood Education at Wheelock College.
She and her husband bought their first home in Methuen,
MAY 17-19, 2002
Giovanna Montoya is a full-time nurse iii the med-
ical/surgical and orthopedic departments at Caritas Good
Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, MA. She is working
toward a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at Curry College.
She has a five-year-old son.
Attending Lesbie Perez Brimble's bridal shower (Back
row L to R): Jerry Dumais '02, Mary Crowley '00,
Ashley Seybold '03, a friend, Shakira Watson King '00,
Jennifer Deeble '01, Colleen Pratt '02, Anthony King,
and Brittany Jackson '01.
Amanda Fecteau is a full-time Physical Therapist
Assistant at Neuro-Health in Rhode Island. She writes,
"The atmosphere is great, everyone is friendly, and I love
what I am doing. Most of the diagnoses I treat are chronic
migraines, cervical pain, back pain, MS, and Parkinson's.
Occasionally we get orthopedic injuries. 1 am so glad I
went through the PTA program at LaseU. Thank you."
Bride Kerry Brody Barber '95 is surrounded by friends (L to R)
Jessica Tabolt Magne '93, Amy Kohut '95 and Brenda Bemier
Jennifer Bergeron received a Master's Degree in
Occupational Therapy. She started a company to market
her newly created product — the babysitter companion.
Lorin Green is working as a Quality Assurance and
Business Analyst in the IT Department of a financial com-
pany. She lives in Cambridge, MA, with her dog, Howard,
and some roommates. Next September she leaves for a
two-year stint with the Peace Corps, to do IT work and
computer training to help eastern European / Asian coun-
tries compete in the new global markets. Lorin says, "I
would love to hear from my New Dorm buddies as well as
the Woodland gang."
LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2002
L A S E L L
DR. RICHARD M. PACKARD
Dr. Richard M. Packard, history professor for 26 years, chairman of the
facility, and acting Lasell president from 1959-60, died on January 2, 2002.
From 1969 until his retirement in 1972, he was the only active faculty member
to serve as a trustee. At the time of Dr. Packard's retirement the trustees
established the Packard Ftmd, which provides financial support for faculty
research or professional advancement.
James Boudreau, Brennan Library Archivist, died on March 19, 2002.
He had a very full library career before coming to Lasell, having been the
director of the libraries at Stonehill College, Simmons College, Bentley
College, and Babson College. Retirement didn't sit well with him, and he
took hold of the Lasell archives in 1993, making them an important part of
the library collection.
Sallyann Bartlett Abel '51 to Norman Bassett
on August 19, 2001
Barbara Fausel Warren '53 to Richard Smith
on November 26, 2001
Martha Borawski '68 to William Brandt
Victoria Cole '73 to Charles Staples on July 14, 2001
Merideth Sawyer '91 to Thaddeus MiUett on June 7, 1998
Jennifer Long '94 to Philip Malone on September 9, 2000
Jennifer Foley '95 to Joseph Maranchie on September 22, 2001
Elaine Viau '97 to William Chapman, on October 7, 2000
Christine Martel '98 to Scott Ficarra on September 22, 2001
Rayna Cascella '99 to Matthew Bouchard on October 6, 2001
Nicole Donnelly '99 to Joseph Parmeggiani
on October 13, 2001
Mandi Bulette Coakley '81, a son, Timothy,
on September 9, 2001
Linda Humphrey-Walsh '83, a daughter, Katherine,
on October 27, 2001
Qair McCarthy Dalton '85, a daughter, Courtney Rose,
on January 25, 2002
Merideth Sawyer Millett '91, a son, Everett Lawrence,
on October 19, 1999
Michelle Lane '97, a daughter, Emily Taylor, on July 11, 2001
Stacy Rawson Sheldon '98, a son, Tyler Thomas,
on September 8, 2001
Elizabeth Bristow McKenna '23
Ruth Johnson Moseley '24 on May 28, 2001
Sylvia Chandler Hooker '27 on October 7, 2001
Hazel Cooke Easterbrook '27
Eugenie McEdwards Bunting '27 on September 14, 2001
Alice Hamlin Ogden '31 on February 4, 2001
Gertrude Stone Baptiste '32
Hazel Merritt Bliven '33 on April 27, 2001
Elizabeth Hayford Stewart '33 on December 23, 2001
Doris Shehadi '33 on December 13, 2000
Mary Elizabeth Barber (Sister George Chrysostom) '34
Isabel LaCosse Fior '34 on August 22, 2001
Maida Cardwell Atwood '35 on January 9, 2002
Barbara McKelleget '35 on July 18, 2001
Priscilla Colson Lane '36 on October 23, 2001
Alethea Marder Pond '36 on May 21, 2001
Audrey Seeley Tompkins '36 on December 2, 2001
Barbara McNaught Snuth '37
Marian Sleeper Hall '37, summer 2001
Dorothy Anderson Staples '40 on September 16, 2001
Adele Friedstein Schaye '40 on July 28, 2001
Mary-Carolyn Porter Morison '40 on August 6, 2001
Polly Mudgett Davis '41 on August 16, 2001
Louise O'Coruior Chase '42
Alice Rogers Doerfler '42 on October 18, 2001
Margaret Sermott Iris '42 on September 28, 2001
Margaret Patten Young '44 in February 2001
Edna Poll Holland '44 on June 22, 2001
Madeline Dungan Dyer '45 on November 3, 2001
Beverly Andres Rydell '46 in December 2001
Jane Caswell Rossi '46 on October 22, 2001
Corinne Wilkins Staid '46 on November 24, 2001
Judith Woodbury Berenson '46
Theodora Mavros Theoharides '47 on September 26, 2001
Nancy Pursel Tupper '47 on December 28, 2001
Audrey Cooper Noyes '48 on August 3, 2001
Patricia Newman Carter '48 on October 21, 2001
Shirley Thome Brady '48 on December 22, 2001
Miriam Clark Williams '49 on December 17, 2001
Carol Dunn Beane '49 on September 4, 2001
Diane Palady Barry '49 on January 9, 2002
Virginia Woodman Cordes '49 on May 28, 2001
Mary Duffy Storti '50 on January 15, 2002
Marilyn Clark Lingelbach '51 on January 2, 2002
Susan Goetz Preston '51 on October 20, 2001
June Siteman Bailey '52 on October 2, 2001
Phoebe Byrd Gregory '53 on September 18, 2001
Suzanne Piper Keller '54 on December 1, 2001
Elizabeth Boday Greene '55 on September 17, 2001
Susan Twichell Nelson '55 on September 22, 2001
Audrey Spawn Stockman '56 on June 15, 2001
Barbara Montag Levy '58 on August 4, 2001
Betty Wellington Travers '58 on April 27, 2001
Sandra Hall Johnson '59 on October 30, 2001
Nancy Kruger Williams '61 on June 11, 2001
Carolyn Doucette Lombard '63 on November 23, 2001
Christine Borden Jennings '64 on February 13, 2001
Adrienne Aslanian Rentrop '66 on November 21, 1997
Lynn Craig McLaren '66
Beverly White Sherman '66 on October 20, 2001
Heidi Eldridge '75 on November 16, 2001
Ruth Wilmot Buurling, former faculty on June 16, 2001
Ruth Marguerite Hamilton, former faculty, on July 18, 2001
Sophia Josephs, former faculty, on January 4, 2002
Margaret Munro, former staff, on August 5, 2001
Beatrice Stoner, former staff, on October 11, 2001
Dorothy Ulmer Willis, former staff, on September 5, 2001
LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2002
Join Those Were the Days
L A S E L L
Those Were the Days Memories Project
Did you have a professor who left an indelible impression? Did you make life-long friends at Lasell
with whom you still connect in a special way? Was there an on-campus tradition that touched
you and made a difference? Did the Lasell experience inspire you or transform your life in some
The Office of Alumni Affairs is asking alumni to participate in the Share Your Memories
Campaign by contributing personal memories of life on campus. Your words and recollections
can help us chronicle Lasell's unique place in the history of educational institutions and help
the College's unique campus culture live for generations to come.
Please send us anecdotes about classmates, faculty, staff, and experiences that made your
years at Lasell unique and unforgettable. The responses we receive from alumni will be posted
on the Lasell web site.
If you are connected to the Web, you can post your comments on the message board on our
online community forum (http://www.customforum.com/lasell) under "Memories" and start a
"conversation. " You can also send your recollections directly by regular mail to:
Director of Alumni Affairs
1844 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466-2716
We look forward to hearing from you.
LASELL LEAVES SPRING 2002
Lasell House Earns Highest,
Full Compliance Rating from
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
( ASELL HOUSE, THE 44-BED SKILLED NURSING FACILITY AT LASELL VILLAGE,
received the highest "in compliance" rating from the Massachusetts Department of Public
Health, Division of Health Care Quality, on October 31, 2001.
The Division of Health Care Quality inspects
nursing homes in Massachusetts at least every
nine to 15 months to assess compliance with feder-
al standards of care such as adequacy of staffing,
quality of care, and cleanliness of facilities. The
quality of patient administration, nursing, resident
rights, kitchen /food services, and environment
are also carefully reviewed. In addition, the Divi-
sion investigates complaints and serious incidents
occurring within a nursing home.
"We are delighted to receive a deficiency-
free, full compliance rating from the state," said
Andrea Sklencar Rathbone, MHSA, NHA, who
serves as Lasell House administrator and its direc-
tor of health care services. "At Lasell House, we
work hard to ensure the highest level of care for
our patients and residents. We are proud of
the fact that LaseU House is fuUy staffed with
medical and support personnel who — even at
full census — provide an impressive ratio of
professional staff to patient."
Health Care Quality Surveys are unan-
nounced. Surveyors are health care professionals
such as registered nurses and licensed social
workers. A survey report is sent to the nursing
home after each survey and, if standards are not
met, the nursing home must submit a plan of cor-
rection to the Division. In some cases, follow-up
surveys are made to verify that standards that
were initially not met are corrected.
Lasell House, which has been admitting long-
term residents and short-term patients since
November 1, 2000, defies the usual preconceived
notions of stark, understaffed, under-funded nurs-
ing homes. Medicare certified and licensed by
the Department of Public Health, Lasell House
boasts a mission "to offer the best and most
personal nursing home services in New England,"
Rathbone says. "A lot of our competitors say the
same thing. But we deliver, and our patient satis-
faction surveys speak for themselves."
Patients who are admitted to a spacious pri-
vate or semi-private room at Lasell House have
the collaborative support of the nursing home's
qualified staff, from registered nurses, licensed
practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, regis-
tered dietitian, to licensed social worker, consul-
tant pharmacist, therapy professionals, and a
physician of choice. Lasell House also maintains
a staff physician who serves as medical director,
and is on call 24-hours-a-day. Admissions, too,
are handled on a 24-hours-a-day basis. "The goal
is to be available and responsive to the Newton
community," says Rathbone.
A team of physical, occupational and
speech / language therapists work with patients
whose physical issues run the range from hip
and knee surgery to pneumonia, reconditioning,
wound management, gait training, and early and
middle stages of dementia. Respite care services
are provided for caregivers who need a break
from their daily responsibilities, and hospice
care, in collaboration with local hospice services,
is also provided at Lasell House. J*-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10
By the time Powers accepted the position at
Lasell Village, he had developed an approach to
managing that draws on his early experiences in
the business. Remembering his start in food ser-
vice, combined with his innately inquisitive
nature, Shawn now encourages his sous chef and
staff to get involved in the creative process.
"Many of my staff have better ideas than I do, and
they often teach me a lot.
"One member of the staff, who came with me
fiom the Parker House, may not have had any for-
mal tiaining, but has had the privilege of working
for some very influential chefs. He has spent a
considerable amount of time observing and
absorbing an enormous amount of information on
technique and international cuisine. In fact, one
resident asked where we got our Italian influence?
'Well,' I responded with a degree of pride, 'from
our Mexican cook.'"
The Lasell Village menu ranges from an offer-
ing of comfort foods, such as meat loaf or roast
chicken, to the specials, "where," Powers notes,
"we can get very creative." Yet, there are always
four staple items offered on the menu — chicken,
scrod, salmon and steak. "So far, one of the real
hits has been the sea bass, poached in onions, fen-
nel, celery and tomatoes. And, there haven't been
any obvious misses . . .yet," says Powers good
naturedly. "I can change and experiment with the
menu, which you really can't do in a hotel restau-
Powers was most pleased to discover that the
Lasell Village residents have a high level of culi-
nary sophistication, are very health conscious, and
many are involved in the dining service. There is a
food committee currently comprised of 14 resi-
dents. "They give us constructive criticism, and
valuable input as far as service, menus, and any
recommendations the residents might have," says
Powers. "And, in keeping with the learning in
retirement concept, we are looking forward to
conducting cooking classes." *
I ASELL VILLAGE HAS BEEN
selected as a recipient of a 2002 MindAlert
Award in the category of Outstanding
Older Adult Learning Program.
Villagers line up to register for classes.
The award was developed by the Metlife
Foundation in collaboration with the
American Society on Aging (ASA). Lasell
Village shares the award with another out-
standing program. Generations Online, a
service that provides Internet access and
learning to the oldest generations who are
the least likely to use computer technology,
but are the most likely to benefit from its
The Metlife Foimdation-ASA MindAlert
Award was established to recognize innova-
tions in mental fitness programming for older
adults. Based on research showing that cogni-
tive decline is not inevitable in aging, these
awards recognize programs, products or tools
that promote cognitive fitness in later life. The
programs are judged for their innovation,
their basis in research, demonstiation of their
effectiveness, potential for repUcability, and
the extent to which the programs are accessi-
ble to diverse populations of elders.
"We are proud to receive such distin-
guished recognition from ASA-Metlife for a
program that is unique among retirement
communities, one that is specifically
designed to promote lifelong learning and
support cognitive and physical fitness in later
life," says Paula Panchuck, Ph.D., the full-
time dean for Lasell Village. "The focus of
'living and learning' at Lasell Village is its
defining characteristic. Village residents are
required to plan and satisfy a continued
learning program as a condition of residency.
To date, Lasell Village is the only college-
owned and managed continuous care
retirement community (CCRC) with a
learning requirement for residents." ^
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Dean of Stvidents, Diane Austin, presented a
session at the annual conference of the National
Orientation Directors Association (NODA), in
Toronto, titled, "A Baby Boomer Gets Reflective...
And Gets a Grip." Featured in a program track for
seasoned professionals, it was about mid-life
development issues. The program abstract
read: "Never underestimate the power of turning
50 as a values clarification tool."
In the session. Dean Austin looked at issues
including: dreams gained, lost and re-formatted;
the changing work world (and supervising
Generations X and Y); the role of partners, fami-
lies and friends; and integrating issues of loss with
Dean Austin vdll also be faculty for a two-day,
intensive, "Orientation Professionals Institute"
this spring. Also sponsored by NODA , the institute
will be held in conjunction with the organization's
Region IX conference in Lenox, Massachusetts.
"I will be co-presenting the modules
on 'Building an Orientation Programming Model'
and 'Selection, Training and Supervision of
Orientation Staff,' as well as co-leading a
Roundtable Session /Presentation for experienced
professionals, and I will be the sole faculty mem-
ber presenting the module on assessment and
standards," Dean Austin reports.
Steven F. Bloom, associate dean of the School
of Arts and Sciences and professor of English at
Lasell, is an O'Neill
scholar who this fall
participated in a tribute to
the Nobel Prize winning
Eugene O'Neill at his
burial place in Forest Hills
Cemetery in Boston. He is
the Book Reviews Editor
of The Eugene O'Neill
Review, a member of the
Board of Directors of the
Eugene O'Neill Society, and has published
numerous articles and reviews on O'Neill.
Steven F. Bloom
Linda Bruenjes, associate professor,
director of Academic Computing, chair of
the IT Department, School of Business and IT,
successfully defended her dissertation on a study
that completes requirements for her Ed.D. degree
in Leadership in Schooling, Graduate School of
Education, UMass Lowell. Her dissertation was
titled, "A Multi-Case Study Investigating the
Disposition of Faculty Use of Technology as
a Teaching and Learning Tool in the Higher
Chair of Justice Studies Linda Bucci, who
holds a J.D. degree from Boston College Law
School, and an M.S., Crinainal Justice, from
Northeastern, recently served as panel chair of
"New Theoretical Approaches," at the Annual
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference,
in Anaheim, California.
Assistant Professor Jill Carey, who teaches
Art and Costume History for the Lasell Institute of
Fashion Technology, was a guest speaker at an
educational style summit at the Boston Adult
Education Center. The topic dealt with fashion
history and human behavior. She also received a
At the Circumnavigator's Club in New York, Dean
Brewer Doran stands with Senator John Glenn, who
was presented with the Magellan Award, the club's
highest honor, given out only every two or three years.
Vision Award from the board of fashion week for
her commitment to fashion education in Boston.
The award was presented at Massachusetts
College of Art in October, 2001, by Lasell's LIFT
director, Richard Bath.
Assistant Professor Kim Farah, Exercise
Science, had a paper accepted and presented at
the 40th annual Eastern Analytical Symposium
and Exposition meeting in Atlantic City. The
meeting is the second largest meeting in the
Uruted States dedicated to the needs of analytical
chemists and those in the allied sciences. Her
paper was presented during the session on
"New Techniques in Experimental Design and
Chemometrics." Professor Farah collaborated
with colleagues at Turbine Component Services
in Peabody, Massachusetts on the project.
"I am also working on a paper regarding the
determination of estrogenic compounds in waste-
water and sludge, along with new techniques for
the determination of these compounds. While the
concentrations of these compounds and their
respective metabolites are low, there is concern
that they may be acting as endocrine disruptors,"
Mara Green, MSW, LCSW, who did her
graduate field work with the Lasell Counseling
Center, has now joined the staff. The new position
means more students can be seen for individual
counseling, as well as providing more outreach.
Mara is also focusing on alcohol education
Lecturer Ivana Pinho Kuhn, who teaches
Music Appreciation, World Music, Chorus and
History of Jazz for the Humanities Department/
School of Arts and Sciences, made a conference
presentation recently, at the Massachusetts Music
Educators Association, in Danvers, Massachusetts,
and is scheduled in August to present a paper,
"Adult Student Motivation in Music Classes" at
the International Society of Music Education, in
Additionally, Ivana Pinho Kuhn has been
actively performing recitals including, in February
2002, flute and piano recital at the Newton Free
Library, presenting works by French impressionist
composers and 20th century Brazilian composers.
She is curently working on a recording of music by
Brazilian composers with flutist W. Cardoso.
Marge Lemieux, a member of Lasell's
Humanities Department, has a strong commit-
ment to children's literacy, and has had several
children's books published. In November, she co-
directed a major illustration conference that was
co-sponsored by the Society of Children's Book
Writers & Illustrators of New England and Rhode
Island School of Design. The conference educated
artists in both the craft and business of children's
Recently she submitted an article to American
Artist which will be published in the special May
issue devoted to drawing. The article features
her artwork and is about the use of contour and
gesture to create lively, expressive drawings.
Joan Weiler Arnow Professor /Sociology, Dr.
Sylvia MacPhee, presented a paper at the Eastern
Sociological Society 2002 Annual Meeting at
the Boston Marriott, Copley Place. The paper
was titled: "Cultures in Collision: Redefining
Differences in the 21st Century." She will also
be presenting a paper in July at the Interna-
tional Society for the Study of European Ideas
(ISSEI) Conference 2002, University of Wales,
Aberystwth. That paper is titled: "Who is an
Italian? Italy's Struggle for a National Identity."
Colleagues Joe Aieta and Helen Alcala will be
presenting on other topics at the same session.
Dr. Paula Panchuck, dean of Lasell Village,
completed the 2002 Disney World Marathon in
Orlando this January. "I ran (a.k.a. walked/
jogged) the 26.2 miles as a fundraiser for the
Dean Paula Panchuck, a happy finisher!
American Stroke Association's Boston team in
honor of my father, Gino DeAngelis, who died of
stroke complications 25 years ago. He was a man
who never drove, he walked everywhere," says
Paula. She is now totally hooked, and is registered
to run the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in
Virginia Beach on September first. "I think that
working with the Village residents, who present-
ed me with a laurel wreath when I returned from
the race, who are so active and defy age and other
limits everyday, inspires me to do the same!" »*
Senior Student Athletes Are a Major
Force Behind Success of Lasell's Teams
jASell's student athletes give their all to their
respective programs, and success has followed them.
Four seniors who have been part of the trans-
formation of Lasell's athletics are Tarda Cirino, a
member of the NAC Championship volleyball
team, Jen Lesnick, co-captain of the women's soc-
cer and basketball teams, Dwayne Okantey, who
has received both ECAC and NAC recognition in
basketball, and Jarrod VanDerwerken, goalie for
the men's soccer team. Their stories convey the
pride and excitement that are part of what athlet-
ics at Lasell are all about.
"1 started playing volleyball in ninth grade
and once I started I couldn't stop," explains Tania
Cirino, Lasell's voUeyball team captain for 3 years.
"I practiced, worked with my coaches, and put in
a lot of extra time. The reward was seeing myself
get better. I couldn't believe it. I love the sport!"
Her enthusiasm for the game is shared by her
teammates. The result of taking each game seri-
ously and playing their hardest has been two
NAC championships and being named MVP of
the NAC Corvference Tournament in both 2000
and 2001. "My freshman year we played only 14
games. Each year we added more opponents and
by the end of sophomore year we were in second
place, so close to the title. We made a team
promise to be the first to bring a championship
banner to Lasell, and we did it! Then, at the begin-
ning of this year, we thought, 'that banner looks
lonely. It needs company.' And now there are two
hanging there. We are so proud and excited."
At the women's basketball game against Bay
Path College on January 26th, senior Jen Lesnick
needed to score only ten points to
be the first 1,000 point scorer in
Lasell's history. As the spectators
crowded into the gym, anticipation
vibrated in the air. "I was really
nervous going into the game. I
rr r r ' student athletes (left to right) Dwayne Okantey, Tania Cirino, Jen Lesnick and
and my teammates were almost ja^^j VanDerwerken.
trying to help me too much," recalls
Jen. With four minutes to go, she
hit a three-point-shot and cheers filled the air.
"They actually stopped the game while I was pre-
sented with flowers. It was a moment I'U never for-
Dwayne Okantey recently became the second
Lasell student to score 1000 points, and the first
men's player to reach this mark. He accomplished
this in just two years, having tiansferred to Lasell
his junior year from Broward Community College,
in Fort Lauderdale, recruited by Coach Chris
Harvey. "It was easy to fit in," says Dwayne.
"There weren't a lot of egos, and the team played
Dwayne's first interest was baseball, but in
junior high he switched to basketball, and the
many hours he spent practicing have paid off.
Scoring an average of 20 points and 7.6 rebounds
per game, he has led the team in scoring and
rebounding in his two years at Lasell. In
November, he was recognized by the ECAC as
Player of the Week. "Individual accolades are
nice, but if s reaUy for all of us," he says. They pass
me the ball, and my job is to put it in the net." As
NAC conference champions and with an invitation
to the NCAAs, his teamwork has paid off.
The NAC semi-final men's soccer match
against Elms College went to double overtime,
and the two teams were still tied after 120 minutes
of play. Having already made 33 saves, goalie
Jarrod VanDerwerken then faced a penalty-kick
shootout, and Lasell unfortunately lost the match.
"We played an incredible game. To have been a
part of the maturation of the Lasell team over the
past four years has been a great experience. We've
built our skills and played against nationally-
ranked schools. We're more than a team. We're
really like a bunch of brothers," says Jarrod.
Although the soccer season is now over,
Jarrod is keeping sharp by playing with three
indoor leagues to prepare himself for the Boston
Lasell will miss having these athletes in their
starting line-ups next year, but they have passed
their enthusiasm along to their teammates and
their futures are bright. ^
Message from the Athletic Director
' his season has been one of "FIRSTS" FOR THE LASELL COLLEGE ATHLETIC
Program. Since September, the Lasers have w^on two North Atlantic Conference
Championships, seen three basketball players score more than 1,000 career points and
received a bid to the national tournament. Lasell also has three players v\reighing options
and /or trying out for professional teams.
In November, the women's volleyball team
won their second straight North Atlantic Conference
Championship defeating Mount Ida College 3-0 in
the final match. Sarah Quinones was named the
North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, and
Tania Cirino was named the Tournament MVP.
These two women led Lasell this season to an overall
record of 14-11, and an undefeated conference
record of 6-0. The women have been undefeated in
conference play now for two consecutive seasons.
The men's basketball team became the second
LaseU squad to win a North Atlantic Conference
Championship when they defeated Maine Maritime
Academy 69-65 on February 24. Senior Dwayne
Okantey was named the MVP of the Tournament,
and Coach Chris Harvey was named the North
Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year. The 2001-2002
men's basketball team produced an unprecedented
21-7 overall record this year, and the season was
capped off with an inaugural trip to the NCAA
Division HI National Tournament. The men's team
traveled to Union College on February 28, to play in
the first ever NCAA tournament for any Lasell team.
The men played a fiercely competitive game, losing
75-73, but proved that they deserved to be included
in the toiimament.
Also, during the 2001-2002 basketball season,
three athletes reached the 1,000 point mark for career
scoring. This is the first time in Lasell athletics history
that this milestone has been reached. Jen Lesnick, a
senior on the women's basketball team, was the first
ever 1,000 point scorer, reaching this mark on
January 26th. She finished her career with 1,109
career poiats, and leaves LaseU leading the team in
points and assists. She was named to the First Team
All-Conference Team in 2001 and 2002. Shortly after
Jen reached this mark, Dwayne Okantey also scored
1,000 points on February 5th. Dwayne reached this
landmark in only two years at Lasell, averaging 20
points per game. Erik Costin was the third athlete to
reach 1,000 career points on February 12th against
Director of Athletics, Kristy Walter.
Finally, three athletes have secured options to try
out for professional teams here and abroad. Jarrod
VanDerwerken, goalie from the men's soccer team, is
fraveling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania dirring spring
break for a try-out with the professional soccer team,
the Pittsburgh River Rats. Both Dwayne Okantey
and Vince Johnson of the men's basketball team are
exploring professional and semi-professional options
The spring season should prove to be quite excit-
ing as the men's lacrosse team competes for the first
time in the Pilgrim League. The women' s lacrosse
team is entering its second season as a varsity team,
and the women's softbaU team is expecting to domi-
nate the North Atlantic Conference. ^
Director of Athletics
Karen Gill, Director of
A Word from
the Director of
what an exdting time to be an alumnus of
Lasell! So much is happening on Ccimpus emd
off to bring together and
encourage the participa-
tion of our uruque con-
Never before has it
been so easy to connect!
In this issue of Leaves,
you'll read about Planet
Alumni, LaseU's exdting
interactive online commu-
nity. Grab a cup of coffee
or a glass of wine, log in and enjoy chatting live,
online with your classmates, faculty and staff.
Enjoy the life-time email forwarding benefit that
comes with registering.
On the Lasell.edu Web site, you can involve
yourselves by filling out the career services men-
toring survey. You can read about all the things
that are happening at the College, from com-
mencement 2002, during which men will gradu-
ate with a four-year degree for the first time in the
College's history, to an incredibly exdting reunion
weekend that brings together, for the first time,
Fashion, PTA, and Education majors, for pro-
gramming and networking opportunities in
dynamic, new affinity group gatherings.
Vocalizing by alumni will be encouraged
at the Pops-style evening soiree, under the tent,
featuring the New Philharmonia Orchestra
and spedal guest, renov«-ied singer /songwriter
There are so many compelling reasons to
come back, reconnect, revisit, rekindle old memo-
ries, and start new ones at Lasell's annual
We look forward to seeing you here.
Director of Alumni Affairs
ALUMNI NEWS & EVENTS
New, Exciting, Interactive
JOIN LASELIS ONLINE COMMUNITY, PLANET ALUMNI
Something new and exciting is happening online for members of the
Lasell community here, across the continent, and even abroad. We are harnessing the power
of the Internet through http: / / lasell.planetalumni.com, and invite each of you to check it
out, sign up, and participate!
Inaugurated by the Institutional Advancement
Office of Alumni Affairs, our new, robust online com-
munity — accessible by anyone with an Internet con-
nection — enhances the way our varied Lasell con-
stitiients stay connected to and involved with Lasell.
Open to staff, faculty, altmmi, and friends of the
College (membership is free and private),
http://laseU.planetalumni.com is the fast, simple,
and fun way to join the party and communicate with
Lasell's extended family online.
Looking for information, advice, or friendship?
Want to network? Interested in mentoring or being
mentored? This user-friendly orJine community
empowers its visitors to find and connect with old
friends, make new acquaintances, and stay in touch.
Members can post images and personal information
to share with others in their profiles section; they can
upload photos of family, pets, and friends on their
mini-web pages, as well as get email responses each
time someone responds to messages they have post-
ed on bulletin boards. With its powerful range of
resources, our new online commtmity makes keep-
ing informed and staying in touch a breeze.
• Member directories
• Free, personalized lifetime email
• Message boards
• Real-time chats
• Photo albums
• Event calendars
• Reunion planning
• Regional alumni club sub webs
Lasell's Planet Alumni can also be used to keep
up with campus news, provide informative live chats
with faculty and administrators, take registration
information and secure payment for events tickets,
accept online donations to the Annual Fund, and buy
offidal College merchandise.
So don't delay. Go to
http: //laseU.planetalximni.com, become a member
today, and experience the best part of LaseU — its
people. We look forward to getting your feedback. ^
Livingston Taylor Concert at Lasell
Dinger, songwriter and musician Livingston taylor will be
performing at "Promenade Pops at Lasell," on Saturday, May 18, at 8:30 p.m. imder
the tent at Lasell College's Taylor Field with the New Philharmonia Orchestra.
Taylor has been delighting fans with his accom-
plished folk musicianship and songwriting. The
level of his song craft, like his homespun brand
of showmanship, is consistently impressive.
Seating for the concert is first come,
first served. Walk-ins will be accommodated if
Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased
securely online at http: / / lasell.planetalumni.com
or by calling 617-243-2141. Visit Taylor's Web site
Dinner and concert ($75), sponsor cocktail
Singer, songwriter and musician Livingston Taylor. party with Livingston Taylor, dinner and concert
With his soft, easy style and more than 30
years and 11 albums to his credit, Livingston
SHOPPING IN LONDON !
Join Lasell alumni in an tmforgettable, fun-filled 'Discover
London' week, November 14, 2002. $1299 (includes airfare from
Boston /NY), 7 Days, 8 Meals.
Accommodations: Melia White House or Thistle Selfridge Hotel
• London City Tour • St. Paul's Cathedral
• British Museum • Theatre Performance
• Windsor Castle • Hampton Court Palace
For more information, click onto our Web site:
http: / / www.lasell.edu / html / london.html
Email: email@example.com or call Emily Alter, 617-796-4658.
SAVE THE DATE!
Sunday, November 3 an
alumni gathering will take
place in New York City to
see The Producers. Read
"Mel Brooks brings
laughs to the stage with
The Producers" at
www . theproducers tickets,
com / producers_story.htm
Make a date for Broadway's smash hit
Winner of 12 Tony awards!
New York City-Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002
Brunch 12 noon, performance 3 p.m.
ALUMNI NEWS & EVENTS
Chester K. LaselPs Gift Ensures
Perpetuity of Lasell Medallion
vJne of the wonderful aspects of the sesqui-
centermial is that it brought together so many members of the
When Chester K. Lasell, whose great, great uncle, Edward Lasell, found-
ed the College, was asked by Williams College, his alma mater, to be their
academic representative at the 150 Celebration, he
was pleased to accept. "In spite of all my family
ties, I had only been on the campus once
before and I looked forward to the opportu-
nity of catching up on everything that has
been happening," he explained.
During his visit Mr. Lasell learned
about the Lasell Medallion, which was
established by his late father, Chester H.
Lasell, to honor the distinguished service to
the College by active alumni or trustees.
Embossed on the medallion are likenesses of
foiinder Edward Lasell and his brother, Josiah Lasell,
who headed the school with his brother-in-law George Briggs after Edward's
"I want to make sure that this award continues but the current design of
the medallions does not reflect the College's name change or its four year,
coeducational status. I am pleased to be able to make a gift that will perpetu-
ate this award and that the medallions will now depict the College correct-
ly," said Mr. Lasell.
"I look forward to returning to Lasell in the near future when such a big
celebration is not underway and I can spend time reacquainting myself with
Lasell," he continued. His presence on campus will represent the continua-
tion of his rich family tradition. »■
"Not Your Ordinary Raffle" to M
Benefit Alumni Scholarship Fund
A.T REUNION WEEKEND, ON MAY 18, 2002, LASELL
Alumni Inc. will conduct the drawing for its ninth annual
"Not Your Ordinary Raffle" to raise money for much needed
scholarships for deserving students. Last year, $10,250 was raised
from the sale of tickets for 30 prizes worth in excess of $5,000.
$100 Cash prize
$100 Savings account
$50 Gift certificate to Scrapbooks, etc.
$100 Cash prize
$100 Cash prize
$ 75 Gift Certificate
$163.80 One-year on-line subscription to
The Want Advertiser (2 available)
$100 Cash prize
$100 Cash prize
$ 50 Floral Arrangement
$100 value Gift basket (Dunkin Donuts,
Togos & Baskin Robbins)
$1800 Photograph by Japanese artist
$100 Cash prize
$100 Gift Certificate to William-Sonoma
$100 Cash prize
3-Month Membership to JCC
$100 Gift Certificate — Marriott Hotel
$100 Cash Prize
$175 Indoor Rock Climbing Party for 10
2 Tickets — Turtle Lane Playhouse ($42)
$100 Cash prize
$100 Cash prize
Joan Weiler Amow '49
Aubumdale Cooperative Bank
Sue Allen Busa '58
Jean Campbell '44
Nancy Lawson Donahue '49
Nancy Curtis GreUier '49
Priscilla Spence Hall '43
Kathryn Poore Hamel '49
Jacqueline Paulding Hauser '50
Peggy Schwingel Kraft '56
Jean Sargent Lee '49
Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
Kathryn Morgan Lucey '67
Barbara Stickle Mode '47
Judith Tracy Shanahan '48
Dotty Andler Silber '63 (Boulder Mort/s)
Turtle Lane Playhouse
Harriet "Honey" Markham Wedeman '48
Lynn Blodgett Williamson '46
If you have some
memories of your Lasell
days which you would like
to share, please send them to:
Lasell Leaves Editor,
1884 Commonwealth Ave.,
Newton, MA 02466-2716.
CaU to Singers: Calling
all former Orphean/
Lamplighter / Glee Qub
singers and anyone else
who wants to sing —
Brought back by popular
demand! We invite you to
join your classmates in
singing at the Saturday
evening concert with
Orchestra on May 18
2002, at 8:30 p.m.
If you are interested,
We are very grateful to our donors! If anyone has an item
they would like to donate, please contact the
Alumni Affairs Office at (617) 243-2139.
To participate, cut out coupon and mail with a check
($5 per entry or $25 for six entries) made payable to:
Lasell Alumni Inc., 1844 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA 02466-2716.
NOT YOUR ORDINARY RAFFLE
No donation necessary. Winner need not be present.
'27 — 75th Madalyn Patten Hoberg
'32 — 70th Alumni Office
'37 — 65th Marge Westgate Doran
'42 — 60th Ruth Turner Crosby/
Dodie Mosher Stone
'47 — 55th Barbara Stickle Mode
'52 — 50th Marilyn McGuire
'57 — 45th Nancye Van Deusen
'62 — 40th Sharon Carley Fitts
'67 — 35th Kathy Morgan Lucey
'72 — 30th Bonnie Berman Wugman
'77 — 25th Lynne Pantaleo-Congdon
'82 — 20th Sandra Davidow
'87 — 15th Wendy Tarfano
'92 — 10th Stormy Horton Bell
'97 — 5th Barbara Ortega-Alicea
Are you a Florida snowbird? Please give us your address so that we
can send you an invitation to events.
Throughout the year, the President and members of the Institutional
Advancement staff travel around the country to meet with alumni from all
class years at Lasell gatherings. It's a chance to meet and network with
other alumni in your geographic area while also hearing the latest
information about Lasell. Please contact the Alumni Affairs Office at
(617) 243-2139 if you can help to provide ideas, organize an event, etc.
The office creates and mails all invitations, so as host, all that is needed
is to help make some follow-up phone calls.
REUNION / COMMENCEMENT
WEEKEND at Lasell College campus
Hyannis Yadit Club, Cape Cod
Family & Friends Weekend /River Day
at Lasell College
Worcester Art Museum
New York City
Read "Mel Brooks brings laughs to the stage
with The Producers"
September Cape Cod gathering in Sandwich, MA at the Daniel Webster Inn,
graciously hosted by Bob and Joan Conradi McLaughlin '59.
Adam Kaplan '05 and Richard Dorval '04 modeled some 1920's swimwear for the
alumni at the Connecticut Valley luncheon. Betty Anderson Fairchild '58 (left)
helped Michele Poirier Gorman '60 host the gathering.
AT'lcfn rk( Pl/\l'l/l'^ More Florida pictures
I Ct MC U I r I U I I tl Ct in the Fall issue.
Bubbles Davenport Weidmann '48 and Lynn Dawson Van Der Wall '61 had a great
time swapping Lasell stories at the Key Biscayne, FL event in March 2002.
Terry Fleming Cox '64 was serenaded by the waiter at the Lake Worth, FL event
in March 2002.
Students Are the Glue Behind
the Alumni Affairs Office
HE ALUMNI AFFAIRS OFFICE IS VERY LUCKY TO HAVE
two very hard working work /study students who keep things
running smoothly and efficiently.
Jen Toscano and Mary Smyth, both sophomores, arrived on campus just
as the 150 Celebration plans were in full swing. It was a sink or swim situa-
tion and not only did these women
rise to the top, they helped keep
the entire office afloat.
"During the organization of
the Sesquicentennial, I had to go
through old yearbooks looking for
pictures, and it made me realize
how much Lasell has changed,"
says Jen. "Then at the reunion, I
gave campus van tours, and it was
fun seeing the College through the
eyes of the alumni. There was one
husband who kept telling me about
Lasell experiences, and when I looked surprised, since Lasell wasn't coed
then, he laughed, and said he was always on campus courting his wife- to-be."
Jen is an Elementary Education major and when she's not busy on
campus she can probably be found sailing a Rhodes 19 in Boston Harbor
out of the Courageous Sailing Center. "I started in sixth grade, loved it
immediately, and now it ties in with my interest in education. During die
summer, I teach sailing to inner city children, and this spring we are starting
a new program that will try to get high school students to come."
Mary helped staff the busy registration desk during the 150 Celebration.
"I enjoyed meeting all the alumni and matching faces witli the names I had
continued on page 17
Jen Toscano '04 and Mary Smyth '04, a helpful
and willing team.
What Is a Lasell STAR?
In the past decade, the lasell annual fund has shown tremendous
growth, as I have reported in past issues of Leaves and the President's Report. In recognition of
the many alumni, parents and friends of Lasell who have helped to make this growth possi-
ble, the Trustee Development Committee decided at its January meeting to initiate a program
that will designate as STARS, our Annual Fund donors of 10 consecutive years or more.
Consistent giving to the Annual Fund is the
backbone of the program. Of course, the total num-
ber of dollars raised is vital to the College, helping
to support academic and athletic programs, library
resources, student financial aid, and upkeep of the
campus buildings and groimds. But equally impor-
tant is the percentage of LaseU alumni, parents and
friends who make contributions.
Donors who contribute every year form the
base of the Annual Fund percentage of giving.
What makes this figure so important? When Lasell
CoUege appUes to charitable foundations such as
the Kresge Foundation ($400,000 for the Wtnslow
Hall renovations), or the Davis Foundation
($125,000 for the RoseMary B. Fuss Teaching and
Learning Center for Faculty), or the Schrafft
Family Foundation ($45,000 to the Schrafft
Scholarship Fund), a significant factor they use in
determining which institutions will receive their
grants is donor participation in the Annual Fund.
So every donor to the Annual Fund supports the
College in two ways, by boosting the dollar total
raised, and by increasing the number of donors
who show their belief in the stiength of the institu-
tion with their gifts.
There were 1,419 donors to the 2000-2001
Annual Fund who had supported the Annual
Fund for 10 or more years. There are already more
than half that number for the current Annual
Director of Ai\nual
Giving Noni Linton
Fund ending on June 30,
2002 who will now be desig-
nated as STARS in the
President's Report to be pub-
lished in January 2003. Gifts
from these loyal donors vary
considerably in size — the
amount is not the key factor
in this program, it is the loy-
alty and consistency of the
support. They have made Lasell a priority in their
charitable giving and we want to show our appre-
ciation in a more visible way.
Please consider making Lasell College one of
your priorities, beginning this year, if you have
not done so in the past. Our students need your
support in order to help them prepare to meet the
challenges of our changing world. Every gift to
the Annual Fund is put to immediate use to
assure that we are giving them the best possible
educational experience at Lasell.
And when you hear the word "participation,"
please remember that your participation is a gift
to Lasell, too. ^
Director of Annual Giving
Who's Calling ?
DEDICATED 2001-2002 STUDENT PHONERS REACH OUT TO ALUMNI BASE
.N ESSENTIAL ASPECT OF THE LASELL COLLEGE ANNUAL FUND HAS LONG
been its Phonathon program, and its dedicated student workers, who spend their time
connecting with alumni and keeping them informed of current events on campus. For some
altims, the student phoner may be their only contact with Lasell over the course of years
past. Having attained a 16% increase in pledges over the Fall semester, we believe the Spring
holds an even more promising, yet challenging, outlook toward Annual Fund support.
Leaves would like to recognize a few of those
phone voices who provide this vital link between
Lasell past and present.
"I appreciate having such a dedicated
Phonathon staff. They work as a team to reach
out and share their college experiences with
alumni of all ages. The point of view and confi-
dence they exude on the phone is outstanding,
and their efforts to support Lasell cannot be
imderestimated." — Lee Goldstein, Annual
Fund Phonathon Supervisor
"Being a phoner gives us a chance to learn
how Lasell used to be." — Heather Ely '04
"I've been gaining valuable experience as a
Phonathon caller. I enjoy conversing with alums
who are friendly and very informative about their
own college experiences. I also enjoy getting gen-
erous pledges which support student financial
aid, among other essential college programs. I feel
student phonathoners busy at work.
very fortunate and honored to be supporting
Lasell College." — Stephanie Samson '05
"I look at the Phonathon as a form of net-
working for my future." — Allison Blackmore '03
"I always smile when I dial!" —
James Nason '05 »-
Lasell Launches a
Whole New Level
XT'S CALLED THE 1851 SOCIETY,
and it provides a whole new level of
giving for donors who continue to be
dazzled by the accomplishments of the
revitaUzed Lasell College.
For the first time in LaseU history, alumni
and friends of the College have a new tier of
philanthropic achievement to consider, the
1851 Society, for gifts of $25,000 and more.
Overseer Coleman Casey, Trustee of the
Helen M. Saimders '17 Foundation, was the
first to step up
to the plate. He
de Witi: that he
would make a
this level and challenge someone else to make
the same commitment. Trustee Richard S.
Holway met the challenge head on. For Dick
Holway it was a fitting gesture, since at the
time that he was Chairman of the Board, it
was he who recommended the creation of
the Chairman's Coxmcil — recognizing the
generosity of those who gifted the CoUege
with $10,000 or more. Both Coleman and Dick
Holway challenge others to consider a gift at
this new level. ^
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16
been working with over the year. There was
a real buzz. Everyone was excited to see their
As Mary, a Fashion Design major, talked
with the alurmii, she was interested in hear-
ing what some of the past dress require-
ments were. "Students look a lot different in
Valentine Dining Hall today than they did in
the Lasell of the past," she chuckles.
Because she is a Resident Assistant (RA)
this year (see story page 9), staying focused
and budgeting her time are two things that
Mary has learned to do well. "I'm one of four
RAs in Woodland Hall, and I am in charge of
the second floor, which has almost 40 stu-
dents living on it," she explains. Since most
of them are freshman, I was answering a mil-
lion questions at the beginning of the year,
but things have settied down now."
With the fast approach of this year's
reunion and commencement, and aU their
incurring details, the Alumni Office wiU
confidently be relying on this experienced
and extiemely competent team. »-
Lucky Lottery Ticket
Leads to a Lasell
When katherine e. meredith
'94 scratched her $5 lottery ticket and dis-
covered that she had won $1 million, she
realized that her life had changed.
After the initial euphoria, she gave serious
thought as to what she wanted to do with this
"It was quite a time for me," Katherine
recalls. "March 13 marked my 10th year of being
cancer free. On March 26 1 turned 50 and on
April 4th 1 won a million dollars."
In 1992, Katherine had just finished chemo-
therapy and, wanting to change her life and
career, decided to enroU in college as a fuU-time
student. "When I came to Lasell for my inter-
view, my hair was a half inch long. A student
came up to me and said 'awesome haircuf and
I knew this was the college for me," she laughs.
A member of the Physical Therapist Assis-
tant (PTA) program, she worked hard. "I was a
non-traditional age student but I developed a
great relationship with the other PTA students.
I was right there with them," she says. "With
LaseU's help I received grants, financial aid, and
was a work /study student. This enabled me to
complete the program. To give you an idea of
how hard it was, there were 40 PTA students
when I started and only 24 of us graduated in
1994. 1 was very proud when I was asked to be
the speaker at the PTA pinning ceremony."
Working alongside her was another
"older" student, Linda Georgilas. "As we shared
experiences, we became fast friends and kept in
touch after graduation, including working in
home care together," says Katherine. "I knew
her whole family well and when, in November
2000, Linda's son Jason died, I shared her grief."
Thinking back on all that she and Linda had
been through together and how fortunate she
had been to win the lottery, Katherine wondered
how she could give something back. "Lasell
College helped me redefine my career. Everyone
was so supportive. For non-traditional students
like Linda and myself, it was harder as we had to
balance family, children and job responsibilities."
Talking with Linda and her family,
Katherine decided to establish the Jason C.
Georgilas Endowed Scholarship. "It represents
the connection between Linda and me, between
us and Lasell, and through it, Jason Lives on.
Education was of great importance to us and
Lasell made it possible."
Katherine has also increased her gift to
the Annual Fund and said, "I would like to
increase it further when I am able." The lucky
lottery ticket has touched many lives and
through the endowed scholarship it will touch
many more. «*■
Alumni Donate Museum-Quality Pieces
to Goodwill Collection
HERE IS A LOT OF EXCITEMENT AND BUZZ ON CAMPUS ABOUT THE ARRIVAL
of the Goodwill Collection and thanks to the generosity of Marjorie W. Doran '37, Gertrude
B. Duquette '43 and Sally R. Southmayd '62, some beautiful pieces, all in mint condition, have
recently been added. There are more than 300 lavish items in the Collection, which focuses
on women's and children's clothing, including accessories such as hats, gloves and shoes.
Professor Jill Carey, who was instrumental in
bringing the Collection to Lasell, knows each and
every piece and is very excited by the new
arrivals. Standing by a 1930s wardrobe box, she
explains that this is where Marjorie Doran's wed-
ding dress was kept. 'It is a very personal dona-
tion to the College," Jill exudes. Holding the beau-
tiful silk dress up, she is quick to show all the
hand stitching. Mrs. Doran also donated the dress
that she had made for her 50th wedding anniver-
sary in 1987, whose bodice is a copy of that of her
wedding gown. This is the most recent piece
included in the Collection.
Among the pieces Trudy Duquette donated
were a wool opera cape with a beautiful printed
silk lining from the 1880s, as well as a silk, floral
print, wedding day dress with jacket. A note
pinned to it reads, "My mother wore this dress
in the early 1930s to the wedding of the mother
of a General Motors vice president. It was quite
Spreading out a two-piece afternoon dress
from 1885, donated by SaUy Southmayd, Jill
points to the leg of mutton sleeves and the top's
built-in stays. "Feel the weight of it," she exclaims
as she holds up the skirt, showing its bustle.
"Women wore five layers in those days, including
the camisole under the corset, the corset, and the
camisole over the corset. The philosophy was to
control the body from the outside. Today we
believe in controlling the body from the inside."
Jill is very concerned about housing the
Collection properly. "So far, money I received
from a Packard Grant has been used for an
appraiser and a photographer, so we now have
excellent slides and a Powerpoint presentation that
includes many of the pieces. The appraiser became
so involved that she donated her services."
Four honors students from History o/20^"
Century Fashion (Maura McCarthy '03, Carla
Mercurio '03, Melissa Pante '03 and Caitlin
Zmayefski '03) have been designated to research
Maura McCarthy '03, Carla Mercurio '03, Caitlin Zmayefski
'03 and Professor Carey examine a wool opera cape donated
by Gertrude B. Duquette '43.
Professor Jill Carey exhibits the dresses donated by
Marjorie W. Doran '37.
and design an optunum new space for the
Collection. They are meeting with curators at the
Museum of Fine Arts and the Quincy Historical
Society in order to find out what techniques are
used to preserve their collections. These students
are both design and merchandising majors and
their expertise and skills will complement each
other as they attend these meetings and the
connected learning project progresses.
"The students will be seeing the spaces these
institutions have and how their pieces are housed.
Some of the points they wiU be covering are how
they hang and store their costumes, what type of
dress forms they use, their use of acid-free paper,
and what they do for temperature and moisture
control. The information the students present will
be used for a grant proposal to fimd a new space
for the Collection in the Yamawaki Art and
Cultural Center. It will be wonderful to have
pieces stored by period and to have drawer space
that is dedicated to specific items. If we wanted to
have a display of bodices, we could just pull open
the bodice drawer," Jill excitedly explains.
Using the Collection to tie academic theory
with a real life project is a prime example of con-
nected learning, and the modeling of some of the
pieces at alumni gatherings has made alumni
aware of this incredible resource. The recent alum-
ni donations are appreciated both for their value
as a teaching tool and as a personal expression of
interest in the College and the Collection. >*•
"Good Will Planning"
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEQUESTS TO LASELL
IvECENT WORLD EVENTS, AND THE ENSUING FALLOUT OF NEWS ABOUT HOW
some dollars collected were misdirected, have certainly made many of us wary of con-
tributing significant, outright gifts to our favorite charities, whether our church, local hos-
pital, favorite museum, or our alma mater. However, there is a way to provide critical,
long-term support to Lasell or other organizations with no disruption of your current
lifestyle and no immediate out-of-pocket costs. This method of giving is called a bequest.
Quite simply, a bequest is a gift made at death draft a bequest that fits your situation, satisfies
through your will or trust. There are no minimum your personal goals, and meets Lasell' s needs
dollar amounts required or complex tax rules to (please see form below for more information).
Remember, those who make bequests are also
recognized with membership in Lasell's
Heritage Society! »■
Cathy Black, director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving
memorize. You can designate exactly how you
want your bequest used or make it unrestricted to
meet the ever-changing needs of Lasell. Although
a bequest offers no income tax benefits, it can be
deductible for estate tax purposes. This is an
important feature since, in some cases, estate taxes
can be more punishing than income taxes.
There are three main types of bequests: a spe-
cific bequest, a residual or proportional bequest,
and a contingent bequest. A specific bequest is the
simplest form of bequest. It designates a fixed
dollar amount or specific property to Lasell. This
type of bequest is appropriate when you have an
item of value (stocks or bonds, real estate, works
of art, or rare books) or a definite dollar amount
that you wish to leave to Lasell. A residual or pro-
portional bequest designates either your entire
estate or a percentage of your estate after other
specific bequests are distributed. The advantage
of designating a portion of your estate to Lasell is
that the bequest automatically adjusts in size as
your estate increases or decreases over the years.
Finally, a contingent bequest is carried out only if
circumstances make it impossible to carry out a
primary bequest. For example, if all other benefi-
ciaries are deceased, then a contingent beneficiary
(Lasell) receives a bequest.
All three bequests can benefit Lasell, or one of
its specific departments or programs.
Alternatively, you may choose to provide a
bequest for unrestricted support. Such gifts,
directed to Lasell's areas of greatest need, have
benefits that are truly campus-wide.
Your will is a legal document and should be
drafted or amended by an attorney. I would be
happy to work with you and your attorney to
For more information on how gift planning can
benefit you and Lasell, please call Cathy Black,
director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, at
(617) 243-2223 or fill out this form and mail to:
The Heritage Society
Office of Institutional Advancement
1844 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466-2716
Please send information on:
_ Charitable Bequests
_ Lasell Gift Annuities
_ Charitable Trusts
_ Heritage Society Membership
_ Gifts of Appreciated Securities
All responses will be held in strictest confidence.
JVIaRGARET "PEGGY" ABRAPiAMIAN
'48 is a shining example of a bequest
donor. Her foresight and generosity
will now benefit a college of which she
was most proud and that enriched her
An active life may have prevented her
from staying in close contact with Lasell post-
graduation, but clearly, it never strayed from
her heart. The legacy she left behind to her
beloved alma mater is a testament to this fact.
With little fan-
fare, Peggy, who
died in September
2000, left a gener-
ous bequest of
$90,000 to her
College and its
Dr. Joseph B.
NadoL Jr., of
Eye and Ear Infirmary, recalls: "Aunt Peggy
always made a positive impact on the lives
of all those whom she touched. She was
generous of her time, attention, and love,
and had fond memories of Lasell College."
Peggy lived in W. Yarmouth, Massa-
chusetts and was bom in Watertown,
Massachusetts. Known as the "Queen of the
Day Hops," the name by which Lasell stu-
dents fondly called commuters, she never let
the fact that she lived off-campus prevent her
from being an active participant in on-campus
activities. A skilled athlete, she played on
Lasell's soccer, hockey, basketball, Softball,
and tennis teams. She also served on the
Executive Council and Speaker's Bureau.
Peggy's active extra-curricular activities
complemented her work as a dedicated and
talented student in the fashion merchandis-
ing program. The skills she obtained pre-
pared her well for a fulfilling career as a
retail buyer with Grover Cronin, Guilchrist,
and RH Stearns stores.
"What a generous and significant way
for Peggy to acknowledge her lifelong
attachment to her alma mater. We are
thrilled to be the recipient of her gift, and are
touched that her life at the College had such
a lasting influence," said Cathy Black, direc-
tor of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, i*-
SPORTS NEWS AND LASELL COLLEGE ATHLETIC CALENDAR FOR SPRING 2002
Listings that appear in all caps denote home games. Occasionally, due to weather, etc., dates and times may change.
For confirmation, please check with the Athletics Department at (617) 243-2147.
LASELL COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER
OVERALL RECORD: 8-10
CONFERENCE RECORD: 3-3
There were 14 new faces on the women's soccer
team this fall, and they were ably guided by Coach
David Glidden who was also entering his first
OVERALL RECORD: 6-10
CONFERENCE RECORD: 2-2
This is the fourth year of Lasell's men's soccer
program and the schedule included games against
many of the best teams in New England.
LASELL COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY
OVERALL RECORD: 5-14
CONFERENCE RECORD: 3-4
This young team, which had eight freshmen on
its roster, gained enough strength and skill to make
it to the NAC conference semi-finals for the third
OVERALL RECORD: 17-10
CONFERENCE RECORD: 14-11
2001 CONFERENCE CHAMPION
what a year! The women's volleyball team
brought home the championship banner for the sec-
OVERALL RECORD: 8-11
CONFERENCE RECORD: 6-8
"We were a team with only seven players and a
lot of injuries," said Coach Scott Abbotts, "but we
had a lot of heart and came a long way this season.
LASELL COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY
New coach Larry Sulivan was very pleased with
the cross country team's performance this year.
OVERALL RECORD: 21-7
CONFERENCE RECORD: 10-0
2001 CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
It was an extraordinary year for the men's
team. Earning a bid to the NCAA Division III
Tournament and being one of only eight indepen-
dent institutions to be invited was a first for Lasell
OVERALL RECORD: 13-13
CONFERENCE RECORD: 10^
Senior Jen Lesnick became the first basketball
player in Lasell's history to break 1000 points and
she was ably backed up by high scorers Joanna
Morin, Monica Sheppard and Keri Tucker. ^
WOMEN'S SOCCER SCHEDULE
28 Wednesday St. Joseph's (ME)scrimmage
31 Saturday (scrimmage)
Fitchburg State College
EASTERN NAZARENE COLLEGE
Pine Manor College
BAY PATH COLLEGE*
3 Thursday ELMS COLLEGE*
5 Saturday MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY*
7 Monday Becker College*
12 Saturday Johnson State College*
13 Sunday Castleton State College*
16 Wednesday DANIEL WEBSTER COLLEGE
19 Saturday BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY
22 Tuesday WHEELOCK COLLEGE*
25 Friday Lesley College*
27 Sunday ST JOSEPH'S MAINE
30 Wednesday Mt. Ida College*
3 Sunday North Atlantic Conf. Quarterfinal
7 Thursday North Atlantic Conf. Semi-Finals
9 Saturday North Atlantic Conference Finals
* North Atlantic Conference Match
Head Coach: David Glidden (2nd year)
Assistant Coach: Laura Noah (2nd year)
MEN'S SOCCER SCHEDULE
7 Saturday UMASS Dartmouth
10 Tuesday Tufts University
14 Saturday Mass College
17 Tuesday CLARK UNIVERSITY
19 Thursday New England College
21 Saturday SOUTHERN MAINE UNIVERSITY
24 Tuesday FITCHBURG STATE COLLEGE
28 Saturday Salem State College
MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY*
Johnson State College*
Castleton State College*
MOUNT IDA COLLEGE*
ST. JOSEPH'S MAINE
3 Saturday Quarterfinals
6 Wednesday Semi-Finals
9 Saturday North Atlantic Conference
*North Atlantic Conference Match
Head Coach: Giovanni A. Pacini (5th year)
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE
CARLOW COLLEGE SCRIMMAGE
TRI-MATCH BAY PATH /ELMS*
Westfield State College
TRI-MATCH w/ NEWBURY&
Tri-match Wentworth & Umass
Eastern Connecticut Tourney
©Eastern Connecficut Tourney
BECKER /EMERSON Tri-Match*
1 Friday Brandeis Tournament
2 Saturday Brandeis Tournament
6 Wednesday North Atlantic Conference
9 Saturday North Atlantic Conference
Semi-finals & Finals
'North Atlantic Conference Match
Head Coach; Mary Tom (6th year)
Assistant Coach: Karin Chue (6th year)
ANNA MARIA COLLEGE 4:00 p.m.
CASTLETON STATE (Scrimmage) 1:00 p.m.
Fitchburg State College 4:30 p.m.
Husson College(ovemight in Maine)* 2:00 p.m.
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE Home
ST. JOSEPH'S MAINE
SALEM STATE COLLEGE
2 Tuesday NAC Quarterfinals
5 Saturday NAC Semi-finals
9 Sunday NAC Finals
*North Atlantic Conference Game
Head Coach: Jessica King (4th year)
Assistant Coach: Sarah Palfy (3rd Year)
Goalie Coach: Kelly Sullivan (4th year)
© 2002, Lasell College.
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